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After President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s announcement of electricity tariff reductions, the main Opposition United National Party (UNP) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said their concerted efforts against the tariff hike had eventually borne fruit.

UNP National List MP Harsha de Silva said the government had eventually given in to what he called the ‘well-articulated, fact based, logical ‘arguments against the tariff increase.

“This is yet another example of the effectiveness of the UNP as the main Opposition party to force the government to reverse a decision taken arrogantly. Those who criticised the UNP have to admit what we said was correct,” he said.  

The Opposition parties, including the UNP and JVP, conducted series of protest rallies throughout the country against the tariff increase. The parties staged protests with lighted candles and burning torches against the price hike.  Yesterday’s May Day rallies of the two parties featured various actions to protest the price hike.  The UNP, in its May Day rally in Badulla, performed street dramas., There  were  also party supporters miming Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi to ridicule her.

In his May Day address, JVP general secretary Tilvin Silva said the protests against the increase of the electricity tariff had made the government retreat.

“We of the Opposition have managed shake this so called powerful government and proved that those who say that nothing would stop the ruling party were wrong,” he said.

He said could be considered a clear victory for the government though it was not clear by how much the tariff would be reduced. “We have proved that powerful protests can defeat the government no matter how powerful it is,” he added (Kelum Bandara and Yohan Perera)
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  • Sumanthi Thursday, 02 May 2013 04:03 AM

    The JVP & UNP are making fools of themselves with such remarks. No wonder they are an opposition of minnows.

    Premalal Thursday, 02 May 2013 02:21 AM

    Great! show even after 12 years of living on us.

    ANTON Thursday, 02 May 2013 03:03 AM

    REALLY ???

    Dannodanithi Thursday, 02 May 2013 04:53 AM

    How naive to think they did it. Are you so inexperienced not to even recognize a deliberately planned political gimmick of those who hold the reins?

    MayIwin Silva Friday, 03 May 2013 04:12 AM

    Whom should I vote now?

    Punchi Puthaoku Thursday, 02 May 2013 05:06 AM

    What load of rubbish... These two parties are right offs and would soon disapear from the map of Sri Lanka.

    Dharshana Thursday, 02 May 2013 03:54 AM

    You are the opposition.. you are supposed to do that, even though you'll were sleeping while general public is suffering.

    Take credit for what you do, not for obvious govt gimmicks.


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