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FDI and MNCs in Retail

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Sunil Mittal with Walmart’s Mike Duke

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Avani Saglani Davda, CEO, Tata Starbucks Ltd, poses for photographs during the opening of the second Starbucks store in Delhi.

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BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley (not seen), Murli Manohar Joshi, Vijay Goel and CPI leader A B Bardhan during a protest by traders against FDI in retail in New Delh.

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A deserted view of Howrah Bridge during first day of two days Nation wide strike called by Central Trade Unions in Kolkata.

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A view of a closed bank in Allahabad on the first day of the two day strike called by the national trade unions and state and central government employee federations in Allahabad.

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A deserted view of railway platform, during a strike called by All India Trade Union workers at Birbhum district of West Bengal.

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An activist try to stop a vehicle on the day of 'Bharat Bandh' called by Trade union (AITUC) at Bhubaneswar railway station.

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BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi, JD-U President Sharad Yadav and CPI leader AB Bardhan blowing bugles during a protest against FDI in retail in New Delhi.

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Naysayers The issue of FDI in multi-brand retail roiled the nation in protests and threw Parliament out of gear. Samajwadi Party workers stop a train in Allahabad during a ‘Bharat bandh’ called by the opposition. “With FDI there will be investment, farm produce will go up. If we see it’s against national interest, we’ll set fire to the stores.” Laloo Prasad Yadav, RJD president

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Members of the Federation of Traders Organisation protest against the allowance of FDI in the retail sector and the rise in the price of cooking gas at Golpark in South Kolkata.

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Activists of the Indian National Lok Dal protest against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi over the FDI issue in Gurgaon.

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Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma speaks during the debate on FDI in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is also seen.

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BSP chief Mayawati at Parliament House after paying tributes to Bhim Rao Ambedkar. BSP today promised to vote in favour of FDI in Rajya Sabha, giving much relief to the government which is bracing for a crucial vote tomorrow, even as BJP and AIADMK attacked parties which sided with UPA despite having reservations over the measure.

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath speaks during debate on FDI in Rajya Sabha in New Delhi.

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Samajwadi Party leader Mulayum Singh Yadav with MPs from his party talks to the media after walking out from the Lok Sabha just before the voting on FDI, in New Delhi.

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A woman waits for customers in a small shop at a market in New Delhi as the parliament debate on FDI in retail.

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Congress MPs Rahul Gandhi, Milind Deora and Sachin Pilot during debate on FDI in retail, in Lok Sabha in New Delhi.

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Two men ride a two wheeler past a Bharti Wal-Mart Best Price wholesale store in Hyderabad.

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Supporters of Socialist Democratic Party of India hold placards during a protest against allowing foreign investment in the retail sector in New Delhi. Hours before Lok Sabha is to take up a vote on a motion against FDI, the government sought to create a wedge among parties opposed to opening the retail sector to foreign companies, asking them to realise the politics of BJP.

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JD(U) President Sharad Yadav speaking in Lok Sabha in New Delhi. FDI debate resumed in Lok Sabha today. Sharad Yadav presented FDI argument and equated FDI to the Indo US Nuclear deal.

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CPI member Gurudas Dasgupta speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi.

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Traders at a protest dharna against FDI in retail, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi reacts as she listens to Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj during the debate on FDI in retail in Lok Sabha in New Delhi. Speaker Meira Kumar is also seen.

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BSP chief Mayawati with party General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra addresses a press conference on FDI in New Delhi. BSP today indicated that it will support the government in Parliament on the issue of FDI, saying the fact that the Centre has not thrust the policy on states and the aim of keeping communal forces at bay will determine its stand.

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BSP chief Mayawati addresses a press conference on FDI in New Delhi.

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Ascene in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi during the ongoing winter session. Logjam over FDI, which led to wastage of four days in Lok Sabha, ended with Speaker Meira Kumar allowing a discussion with voting but Trinamool Congress MPs disrupted the proceedings over LPG cap issue.

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A scene in the Lok Sabha during Parliament's winter session, in New Delhi. Parliament was adjourned till noon after Opposition uproar over FDI in retail and UPA constituent DMK vociferously raising the issue of recent disclosures by a former CAG official in the 2G case.

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Leftist party activists shout slogans during a protest in front of a Bharti Walmart Best Price wholesale store in Hyderabad.

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Police detain leftist party activists who tried to enter a Bharti Walmart Best Price wholesale store during a protest in Hyderabad, protesting against the Indian government’s recent decision to open India's retail sector to foreign investment.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi addresses the party's FDI Rally at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.

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BJP leader M M Joshi along with traders during a protest against FDI in retail in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses Congress party's FDI Rally at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit and DPCC President JP Agarwal are seen at the dais.

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Traders install a huge effigy of “FDI Ravana” on the eve of Dussehra festival at Karol Bagh in New Delhi.

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Employees of the newly inaugurated first India outlet of Starbucks work at a counter in Mumbai.

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Traders shout slogans during a protest against FDI in retail near the Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi.

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Traders shout slogans during a protest against FDI in retail near the Prime Minister's residence in New Delhi.

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In this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012 photo, a chai wallah waits for customers in his small shop in the Spice Market in New Delhi while Starbucks is set to open its first outlet in India by October end.

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Crown theatre Mamata at a anti-FDI rally in Delhi

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A Bharti Walmart best price store in Punjab

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Protestors burn an effigy representing the Indian government and Foreign Direct Investment in New Delhi. Last month UPA government agreed to let in foreign retailers, loosened rules on foreign investment in airlines and TV and agreed to sell off stakes in four state owned companies.

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Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with the party's former union ministers at a party rally against FDI in multi-brand retail and diesel price hike in New Delhi.

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A farmer seeks blessings of Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after she handed over to him a silver crown that was presented to her, at a party rally against FDI in multi-brand retail and diesel price hike in New Delhi.

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Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with NDA convener Sharad Yadav at a party rally against FDI in multi-brand retail and diesel price hike in New Delhi.

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Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing a party rally against FDI in multi-brand retail and diesel price hike in New Delhi.

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DMK chief M Karunanidhi along with his son MK Stalin and senior leaders at the party's executive meeting at Anna Arivalayam in Chennai.

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FDI in Retail

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Walmart workers in Guentersdorf, Germany

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Union Minister for Commerce, Industry & Textiles, Anand Sharma with ASSOCHAM President Rajkumar Dhoot, Secretary General D S Rawat and Past President ASSOCHAM Anil Agarwal (L) to launch the ASSOCHAM campaign "FDI in Retail: Advantage to Farmer's & Consumers" in New Delhi.

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Traders cover their mouths with black clothes and handcuff themselves as they portray bonded laborers during a protest against the government’s recent decision to open India's huge retail market to foreign companies in New Delhi.

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Employees cheer during the opening of the Bharti Wal-Mart store in Hyderabad.

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TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with party leader Saugata Roy in a protest rally against FDI in multi-brand retail, in Kolkata.

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Traders pulling a cart at a protest rally against over FDI in multi-brand retail hike in prices of diesel and LPG in Bhopal.

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Congress ministers leave after submitting to the State Governor M K Narayanan the formal letter of withdrawal of support to State Government, at Raj Bhawan in Kolkata.

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Congress ministers arrive at Writers Building to submit their resignations to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata.

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Lawyer Santosh Kumar shout slogans against increase in diesel prices during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's address at International Academic Conference on Economic Growth and Changes of Corporate Environment in Asia, at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.

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A girl watches as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the nation on the current economic situation of the country, at an electronics showroom in Mumbai. Singh’s address to the nation came after the Trinamool Congress party pulled out of the ruling coalition protesting the decision to allow foreign retail chains to come into the country.

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BJP President Nitin Gadkari, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, CPI-M leader Amarjeet and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi take part in a dharna orgainsed by Confederation of All India Traders during the nationwide protest against the government's recent decisions to increase diesel prices, and allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, in New Delhi.

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Trinamool Congress ministers at the party office in New Delhi before leaving for the PM house to tender their resignations.

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The Opp ops BJP leaders, Sharad Yadav and Yechuri at a dharna against govt policies

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Off-track SP activists oppose FDI in retail and hike in diesel prices in Allahabad during the Opposition-sponsored Bharat bandh

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People play cricket at a nearly closed market place during a strike in New Delhi. Angry demonstrators disrupted trains and forced some shops and schools to close in a partly successful national strike protesting a government decision to cut fuel subsidies and open India's huge retail market to foreign companies.

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Government employees at work at Writers Building in Kolkata.

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Activists hold placards and shout slogan during a nationwide strike in Ahmedabad.

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Activists of various left parties along with Samajwadi Party members jump over barricades as they try to be detained during a protest in New Delhi.

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Cyclists pedal past parked trucks during a day-long nationwide strike in Mumbai.

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Daily wage laborers lay on loaded handcarts during a nationwide strike in New Delhi.

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People play cricket at a nearly closed market place during a strike in New Delhi.

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Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, center, CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat (left) and and JD-S President HD Deve Gowda (right) walk into the parliament street police station to court arrest during the nationwide protest against the government's recent decisions to increase diesel prices, and allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail in New Delhi.

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CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat, standing second from left, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, center, leader of TDP Chandrababu Naidu, second from right, and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, right, participate in a protest in New Delhi.

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An effigy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is burned by BJP activists during a during the nationwide protest against the government's recent decisions to increase diesel prices, and allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, in New Delhi.

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing a press conference at Writers building in Kolkata. Remaining firm on her party's decision to pull out of the UPA government, Mamata said that party union ministers would submit their resignations tomorrow and also give the letter of withdrawal of support to the President if given time.

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BJP President Nitin Gadkari and JD-U President Sharad Yadav show a sketch during the nationwide bandh to protest against the government's recent decisions to increase diesel prices, and allow FDI in multi-brand retail, in New Delhi.

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From right, BJP President Nitin Gadkari, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury, JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, CPI-M leader Amarjeet and BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi take part in a dharna orgainsed by Confederation of All India Traders during the nationwide protest against the government's recent decisions to increase diesel prices, and allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, in New Delhi.

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Bandh supporters vandalise an auto-rickshaw as they enforce closure during opposition-sponsored Bharat Bandh called to protest against the FDI in retail and fuel price hike in Jamshedpur.

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Samajwadi Party President Mulayam Singh Yadav, CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat, party leader Sitaram Yechury, TDP cheif N Chandrababu Naidu and JD-S President HD Deve Gowda participate in a protest march during their Bharat bandh called to protest against FDI in multi-brand retail and fuel price hike in New Delhi.

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Police try to stop the clash between BJP and TMC activists in Kolkata during "Bharat bandh" called to protest against FDI in retail and price hike of diesel.

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BJP activists carry a cutout of a cooking gas cylinder during a protest in Mumbai.

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Activists carry an effigy with the pictures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and other Congress Ministers during the opposition-sponsored Bharat Bandh called to protest against the FDI in retail and fuel price hike in Bengaluru.

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Flight passengers wait at NSCBI Airport in Kolkata during Bharat bandh called to protest againist FDI in multi-brand retail and fuel price hike.

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A view of deserted Howrah Bridge during opposition-sponsored "Bharat bandh" called to protest against FDI in retail and price hike of diesel in Kolkata.

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BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad take part in a bicycle rally during the "Bharat bandh" called to protest against FDI in retail and fuel price hike, in Patna.

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People rest in front of closed shops during a strike in Kolkata.

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A man crosses a deserted road during a strike in Kolkata.

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Drivers rest on and around parked taxis during a strike in Kolkata. Angry opposition workers have disrupted train services as part of a daylong strike to protest rising diesel prices and the government's decision to open the country's huge retail market to foreign companies.

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A BJP activist shouts slogans as he is detained by policemen during a protest in Srinagar. Angry opposition supporters disrupted trains but had only limited success in enforcing a national strike to protest a government decision to cut fuel subsidies and open the country's huge retail market to foreign companies.

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BJP activists carry cutouts of cooking gas cylinders during a protest over FDI in multi-brand retail and increase in diesel prices, in Mumbai.

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BJP supporters shout slogans after stopping a goods train during a nationwide strike in Ahmedabad.

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Laborers play a game of cards at a closed market area during a nationwide strike in New Delhi.

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People walk past closed shops during a nationwide strike in New Delhi.

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A BJP activist carries a cutout of a cooking gas cylinder during a protest over FDI in multi-brand retail and increase in diesel prices, in Mumbai.

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Policemen detain BJP activists during a protest in Mumbai.

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Burning tires set ablaze by BJP activists are cleared from the street by police officers with sticks during a nationwide strike in Jammu.

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BJP activists shout slogans as they burn tires during a nationwide strike in Jammu.

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Samajwadi Party activists hold party flags and block a railway track during a protest over FDI in multi-brand retail and increase in diesel prices, in Allahabad.

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Protesters burn photographs of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a nationwide strike over FDI in multi-brand retail and increase in diesel prices, in Ahmedabad.

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Samajwadi Party activists hold an effigy representing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his cabinet colleagues before burning it during a protest along railway tracks in Allahabad. Angry opposition workers have disrupted train services as part of a daylong strike to protest rising diesel prices and the government's decision to open the country's huge retail market to foreign companies.

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Railway policemen try to remove a burning effigy representing the government during a protest along railway tracks in Allahabad, against the hike in diesel prices and the government's decision to open the country's huge retail market to foreign companies.

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