CPI(M) Tamil Nadu unit secretary G Ramakrishnan and hundreds of Left supporters were held on 26th December for trying to lay siege to a proposed Walmart office in chennai. Around 750 CPI and CPI (M) workers were taken into custody following an altercation between cops and the agitators.
CPI(M) state secretary G. Ramakrishnan, CPI state secretary D. Pandian, CPI(M) legislature party leader A. Soundararajan, party whip K. Balakrishnan and many senior leaders participated in the protest.
Com Ramakrishnan said Walmart was trying to enter Tamil Nadu on the pretext of supplying goods to retailers and it had already started enrolling members. Ramakrishnan alleged that Walmart was in the process of setting up a complex near Chennai besides a marketing office in the city and pressed upon Centre and State government to act against it. “Ultimately it will capture the market in a big way and small traders will be in peril. We will not rest till Walmart is expelled from Tamil Nadu,” he said.
D. Pandian said the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre was responsible for the present situation. CPI (M) and CPI had staged the protest as part of the Left parties' decision to oppose FDI in multi-brand retail, which was approved by the Manmohan Singh-led cabinet recently, and endorsed by the Parliament.