Speaker holds meeting in chamber to discuss bribery allegations

July 22nd, 2008 - 7:43 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bharatiya Janata Party

New Delhi, July 22 (IANS) Speaker Somnath Chatterjee held an all-party meeting of MPs in his chamber immediately after the Lok Sabha was adjourned when Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members flashed wads of notes alleging that three of their MPs were being bribed by the ruling coalition to abstain in the trust vote. The government is expected to make a statement in the house on the allegations.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to reply to the debate on the trust vote after which the confidence motion will be put to vote.

Meanwhile, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) is holding a meeting to discuss the allegation of bribery levelled by the opposition.

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