AGP unlikely to attend NDA`s anti-corruption rally

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is unlikely to attend NDA`s anti-corruption rally here next week.

New Delhi: The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is unlikely to attend NDA`s anti-corruption rally here next week.

Former Assam chief Minister and founder president of AGP Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said his party was no longer part of the BJP-led alliance and in no way connected with the proposed rally.

"So far we have not taken any decision about the rally. But we have snapped ties with the NDA long ago," Mahanta told reporters here today when asked whether the AGP
would participate in the proposed rally.

The NDA is organising the anti-corruption rally here on December 22 to highlight the alleged irregularities in the 2G spectrum allocation and other scams. Its leaders have been
trying to convince some of their old allies to attend the rally.

Mahanta, a two-time chief minister, also said the AGP has no plan to join hands with the BJP in the next year`s Assembly elections.

"The General House of the AGP has already decided not to join hands with the BJP. It is the General House which will take a call about any future alliance with any party," he

The AGP leader said his party was in negotiation with some smaller regional parties for a possible pre-poll alliance in Assam.

Elections to Assam`s 126-member Assembly are due in April next year. The AGP had an electoral pact with the BJP in 2009 Lok Sabha elections and had suffered a drubbing. AGP was also part of the NDA for some time.

Accusing the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government of indulging in rampant corruption, Mahanta demanded dismissal of the state government and imposition of President`s rule in Assam till the next elections.


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