Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refuses to address media, says Congress spokesperson

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Kochi, March 15: P.C. Chacko, Congress spokesperson and Lok Sabha candidate from Kerala’s Chalakudy constituency, Saturday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refused to meet the media despite repeated pleas by party workers.

“All of us told him several times that if not once a week, at least once in two weeks he should meet the media. But despite several pleas, for some reason he did not do it. We even lost our patience on this,” said Chacko while speaking to the media here Saturday.

Chacko was the Joint Parliamentary Commission chairman on the 2G scam and represents the Thrissur constituency in the outgoing Lok Sabha. ”We (second UPA government) failed to reach out to the people on what we have done,” Chacko said.

Chacko, who faced strong opposition from his fellow party workers in Thrissur, swapped his seat with that of K.P. Dhanapalan, who was elected from the Chalakudy constituency – both constituencies are in Thrissur district.

He also said the situation is not favourable and only time will tell if there will be a third UPA government. ”Even if the Congress party at the national level is going to face problems, the party would do well in Kerala,” Chacko added. Chacko is pitted against popular comedy artiste Innocent who has been fielded as a CPI-M supported independent candidate from Chalakudy.