Shops and other commercial outlets remained closed on Thursday in Shimla and other towns of Himachal Pradesh, as traders protested against the government’s decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail sector .
The shutdown was complete in the state capital Shimla as well as Solan , Manali, Kullu, Mandi, Dharamsala, Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Una, Nahan, Chamba and a host of other towns across the hill state .
This caused great inconvenience to tourists in all resort towns of the state as they found no open place to eat out.
Only one odd shop selling medicines could be seen open. The streets wore a deserted look at most places .
However traffic plied smoothly with no reports of traffic blockades by protesters.
“We are registering our protest against the Union government’s move to allow FDI in retail as it will hit small traders hard ,” said Ramesh Sood , president of the Shimla Traders Association.
The shutdown got complete support of the ruling BJP and also the CPIM . Both the political parties held separate protest rallies at many places.