ĎPeople didnít fall prey to politically-motivated strikeí
Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne
said that the token strike organised by the main Opposition UNP and the
JVP led coalition on May 21 was an absolute flop.
Almost 95 percent of public servants had reported to work. In certain
institutions, the number of employees who reported to work was more than
The people didnít even feel that there was a strike on. The
transport, health and administrative sectors functioned well, the
Minister told the Sunday Observer.
The Opposition attempted to exploit the electricity tariff issue to
embarrass the Government. It was evident that there was a politically
motivated force which tried to take undue advantage of the situation.
However, people understood the actual situation and the implications
of any strike at present and hence they didnít support such a move, he
The Minister said that he was aware that people felt the electricity
tariff hike. Nevertheless, the people knew only too well that merely
supporting the strike organised by Opposition political parties would
not help bring down the electricity tariff hike.
The intention of the Opposition was to gain maximum political mileage
out of the strike. However, people are wiser now. Unlike in the past,
they donít carry placards and shout slogans at demonstrations just
because somebody wanted them to do so.