Shimla : Shops and other commercial outlets remained closed Thursday in Shimla and other towns of Himachal Pradesh , as traders protested against the governmentâ€™s decision to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the retail sector .
The shutdown was complete in the state capital Shimla as well as Solan , Manali , Kullu , Mandi , Dharamsala , Hamirpur, Bilaspur , Una , Nahan , Chamba and a host of other towns across the hill state .
This caused great inconveniance to tourists in all resort towns of the state as they found no places to eat out .
Only an odd shop selling medicines could be seen open . The streets wore a deserted look at most places .
However traffic plied smoothly with no reports of traffic blockades by protesters .
â€œWe are registering our protest against the union governmentâ€™s move to allow FDI in retail as it will hit small traders hard ,â€ said Ramesh Sood , president of the Shimla Traders Association .
The shutdown got complete support of the ruling BJP and also the CPIM . Both the political parties held separate protest rallies at many places .