Panaji: Congress leaders in Goa on Friday
apologised to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for a snag in the
sound system that disrupted his speech at an election rally
near here three days ago.
Talking to reporters here, Goa Congress Working
President Fracisco Sardinha blamed the contractor assigned the
job to set up sound system for the audio glitch during the
public meeting at Sankhalim on February 29.
"We are sorry to the Prime Minister for whatever
happened," Sardinha said, adding the party had apologised to
Singh on the stage itself when he was waiting for the sound
system to be fixed.
Sardinha, a Member of Parliament who was also present
on the dais, said he spoke with the Prime Minister about the
technical snag and Singh said "it happens".
Asked whether the incident will affect the image of
Congress in Goa which goes to the polls tomorrow, Sardinha
said it was a mistake of the contractor.
"Congress image will not be affected at all. It will
affect the image of the sound system contractor," he said.
The sound system suddenly went off at the rally, about
40km from here, when the Prime Minister was addressing about
30,000-strong crowd. It took about 30 minutes to rectify the