Cong has transformed LS into MP market: AGP

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Guwahati, Jul 24 (UNI) Assam's main Opposition party Asom Gana Parishad(AGP) president Brindabon Goswami today alleged that the Congress had transformed Parliament into an MPs' market and the Speaker's role was also not impartial during the Trust vote. Talking to the media here, he claimed that the Congress had indulged in horse trading to save the government and avoided a national debate on the merits of the nuclear deal.

He further claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had called the two AGP MPs-- Arun Sharma and Sarbananda Sonowal-- a day before the Trust Vote to ask them to vote for the government. '' However, our MPs stuck to the party's decision of not voting for the government, unlike other bigger parties,'' he said.

He also reiterated the AGP's support for the Third Front, UNPA.

Mr Goswami also maintained that the two AGP MPs were not given ermission by the Speaker to speak during the debate though it was decided in the all-party meeting that all parties would be given a chance.

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