The United National Party yesterday said it would hold a series of propaganda rallies across the country to protest against the increase in fuel prices.
UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake told The Island that the people were reeling under the unbearable cost of living but some opposition parties, including the JVP, were maintaining silence. The JVP was a partner of the UPFA during the Presidential election campaign and as a result was responsible for the sufferings the people are being put through by the President and his government, he said.
UNP Colombo District parliamentarian Ravi Karunanayake said the government was bragging that it had friends in Iran but a litre of petrol was increased by 30 rupees. When the last UNP government increased the price by three or four rupees the opposition made a hue and cry about it. Although some said that the war was one of the reasons for the increase of fuel prices there was no connection between the two, he said.