Activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Bharatiya Janata Party staged protests separately against the Centre's decision to allow foreign direct investment into retail trade.

The CPI (M) activists, led by its town secretary G.V. Konda Reddy came in a procession from Sundaraiah Bhavan to the Sagar centre raising slogans against the Manmohan Singh government for allegedly bartering away the nation's interest to multinational companies.

The Marxists burnt the effigy of the UPA government and resolved to make the State-wide bandh called on December 1 a success. Meanwhile, the BJP activists, led by its district president G. Nageswara Rao and town president Y. Ch. Yogaiah Yadav raised slogans against the Centre's decision succumbing to pressure from multinational companies.

Both small traders and farmers would be adversely affected by the Centre's decision, lamented BJP Andhra Udhyama Committee chairman B. Narasimha Rao before the activists burnt the effigy of the UPA government.

The two parties stage protests separately