Almost bordering on predicting the Congress’s defeat in the elections, senior party leader P C Chacko Saturday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s reluctance to address the media turned to be a major setback and his silence spawned many wrong interpretations against the government.
Addressing a face-to-face programme of candidates in Kochi, the AICC spokesman said the chances of Congress sitting in the Opposition could not be ruled out. “The result is unpredictable,” said Chacko, who is the Congress candidate in Chalakkudy constituency.
Chacko said no other leader in the country has the sense of propriety as the Prime Minister has. But the PM and others, down to the ordinary workers, failed to take the government’s achievements to the public. “In the last press conference held after his foreign tour, the Prime Minister could not present the achievements of the government. He kept silent. At the same time, the Opposition took to the public the corruption charges against certain persons in the government,” he said.
Chacko said the PM’s silence had given room for many wrong interpretations against the government. “Losing patience over his silence and stifling negative publicity, we had repeatedly asked the Prime Minister to conduct weekly media briefings to present the government’s achievements. Even many members in the cabinet wanted the Prime Minister to address the media. Although the issue had become a point of discussion in the AICC meeting, the PM was unwilling to meet the media.’’
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