Criticising the Centre's move to allow 51 per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail sector, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said her government would not allow it in the State.

“We cannot allow the livelihood of small traders as well as our farmers to be undermined,” she said in Howrah.

“Our party [Trinamool Congress] has already expressed its objections to the Centre's decision. About 5 crore people, nearly half the population of this State, are involved in one way or another with the sector. There are small, medium and vegetable retail outlets and we cannot approve of any decision that will cause hardship to those engaged in the sector.”