New Delhi, Dec 7 : The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Friday announced a country-wide protest against foreign investment in multi-brand retail from Jan 1, 2013 soon after the policy was passed in the Rajya Sabha.

The policy was passed in the Lok Sabha Wednesday.

"We have convened a national convention of representatives of different stake holders all over the country from January 1. The same the day the agitation will also be kicked off," CAIT generalk secretary Praveen Khandelwal told IANS.

Khandelwal said the voting pattern adopted by certain parties during a voting on the contentious issue in the both the houses of parliament was a result of "manipulative politics".

"We strongly condemn the collusion between the United Progressive Alliance and Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party," he said.

"SP and BSP have destroyed the opposition unity on the important issue which has greater ramification on the livelihood of crores of people, particularly the downtrodden," he said.


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