PM not on silent mode: PMO

PM not on silent mode: PMO

Opposition parties might charge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with maintaining silence on key issues but he addresses gatherings every third day, his office said Tuesday.

"Prime Minister to make his 100th speech for the year 2012, at Hyderabad today (Tuesday). He addresses gatherings every third day," the Prime Minister's Office said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Manmohan Singh delivered his 100th speech this year at the inauguration of the Eleventh Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity here Tuesday.

The prime minister has been under attack from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other activists of keeping silent on issues of corruption, rise in prices of essential commodities and other issues.

Apart from delivering speeches, the prime minister's office had also issued 160 releases to the media this year.

Since 2004, the PM has addressed events and the nation 1,368 times and his office has issued 1,502 releases to the media till Tuesday, according to information available.