The bandh called by NDA, Left parties and UPA supporters SP and JD(S) on Thursday evoked a mixed response in the capital with most markets remaining closed while vehicular movement was normal though protesters blocked traffic at some places.
Small shops were seen open in the morning hours though big markets like Khan Market, Connaught Place, Greater Kailash, Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk and Kashmere Gate were shut.
However, shops in some areas like Bhogal, Laxmi Nagar, Defence Colony and South Extension were open.
Autos and buses were operating though auto drivers at New Delhi Railway station staged a protest and refused to ply. Buses of state-run Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) were on roads in large numbers.
Most of the private schools remained closed.
BJP supporters blocked vehicular movement on Vikas Marg.
A BJP spokesperson said they will be staging protests at around 100 locations in the capital.
A senior police official said a large number of personnel have been deployed. "We have ensured that every major road has police presence," he said.
The bandh has been called to protest the Central government's decision to allow FDI in multi brand retail and increase in diesel prices.