AGP-BJP to have seat sharing for LS polls

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Guwahati, Sep 28 (UNI) The AGP and BJP have struck a seat-sharing deal for the coming Lok Sabha polls with the deal receiving a formal stamp of approval from the BJP top brass as a five-member AGP delegation called on Leader of Opposition L K Advani here today.

The five member AGP team was led by its newly elected president Chandra Mohan Patowary.

Speaking to mediapersons, the AGP president said there were some minor issues to be sorted out but the seat-sharing deal had been agreed upon.

Both sides said there were some differences regarding two of the seats but the two parties had settled for 12 of the 14 seats.

''Basically the problem is about the Guwahati seat but I think that will be sorted out,'' BJP state president Ramen Deka said.

Both the BJP and AGP have decided to contest in six seats each, leaving four seats for other tribal and regional parties. Both the parties feel that a united front would make a serious dent into the Congress stronghold. Congress has nine seats while BJP and AGP have two seats.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Advani said with the support of the AGP, the chance of forming NDA government would be brighter and also promised more attention to the region if voted to power.

The AGP, for the past six months, has been veering towards the BJP and the alliance gained momentum after removal of AGP's former president Bridnabon Goswmai last fortnight, who was closer to the third front, avoiding the BJP.

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