In its first agitation organised in the State, Arvind Kejrival’s recently-launched Aam Aadmi Party on Sunday held a demonstration here condemning the political parties that voted in favour of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Bill in parliament, allowing the entry of foreign players into retail trade in the country.
Around 200 members of the party gathered at the Memorial Hall and raised slogans opposing the Centre’s proposal.
The party’s national executive member Christina Samy said the protest in support of retail traders in the country and against foreign direct investment was the first political agitation conducted by the outfit in Tamil Nadu.
“We want to condemn all political parties that sided with the Centre and voted in favour of the FDI Bill in Parliament,” she said.
Claiming that the Centre’s move would affect the resources in the country, she said: “Henceforth, we will only be consumers. This is a challenge to human dignity and human economy.”
Samy, who is also the state coordinator of the party, accused the Centre of not trying for a consensus on the issue. “There were no discussions with the people, consumer associations or trade bodies.” Describing the move as anti-people, she said her party hoped to get a good response from the people for its stand.