When a vehicle strike was announced for today, Malayalees were not surprised. In fact, they were waiting for one strike after the petrol hike. It is not because they wanted to go for a protest, but to enjoy a holiday at home. Strikes are the most celebrated festivals in Kerala. This time it is on a Saturday and after two days it is Bakrid. So altogether, it is very special strike.
Yesterday, the Calicut bus stand was really crowded. All the buses were full. Travelers were carrying big bags. All were really excited to reach home and have fun. Most of them were discussing their plans for this ‘vacation’. Not many are concerned about the reason behind the strike.
Petrol prices are increasing on a month basis these days. It is hard for the commoners to spend Rs.70/ liter. Government is not much fretful on these strikes because the authorities know it will last only for a day and from next day onwards, everything will be back on track.
In Kerala, political parties know that strikes are always celebrated. Any parties can call for a strike here. Public is ready to support and enjoy the day with family eating and drinking.