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Congress-TC seat sharing talks inconclusive

Congress-TC seat sharing talks inconclusive
PTI
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First Published: Wed, Mar 16 2011. 02 46 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Mar 16 2011. 02 46 PM IST
Kolkata: The stalemate regarding seat sharing between Congress and Trinamool Congress (TC) for April’s crucial Assembly election in West Bengal continued, even as both parties kept their doors open for further talks.
Senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee, who held parleys with TC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday night, said that talks were on, before returning to Delhi on Wednesday.
“I have nothing more to add to what I had said last night. Talks (with TC) are on. Talks are not yet over,” Mukherjee said.
It was not yet clear when discussions would resume between the two parties to clinch the seat-sharing deal.
Emerging from over one-hour talks with Banerjee at his south Kolkata residence, Mukherjee had said last night that discussions would be held again.
“We have discussed seat-sharing. The discussion is inconclusive. We will discuss it again,” he had said.
Banerjee, when asked for her comments as she was leaving without facing the media, quipped, “nothing happened.”
Apart from Mukherjee and TC chief, AICC leader in-charge of the state Shakeel Ahmed and the party’s screening committee in-charge for WB Janardhana Poojary and TC general secretary Mukul Roy were also present at the talks.
Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, a close associate of Mukherjee, had, however, said that alliance would definitely take shape and it was only a matter of time.
“It requires time to reach finality and there is no problem in the path of alliance,” he had said.
A state Congress leader, who preferred anonymity, claimed Trinamool Congress had increased the offer up to 68 seats from previous 64, while Congress climbed down to 70 seats from the earlier 98.
TC sources said that differences still persisted on some winnable seats like newly-created Kolkata port and Metiaburuz after the abolition of Kavitirtha and Gardenreach constituencies due to delimitation.
Congress had won both these seats in the 2006 elections.
The ruling Left Front had already announced its list of candidates on Sunday for the Assembly poll.
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First Published: Wed, Mar 16 2011. 02 46 PM IST