Cong-TMC spat - a setback to Trinamool in WB polls?

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Mamata Banerjee and Pranab Mukherjee
Kolkata, Mar 16: Crucial assembly polls in West Bengal is coming soon. Political parties in the state have tightened their belts to win the pre-election activities. But Congress and Trinamool still remain inconclusive about the seat-sharing. Now, it seems that the spat between the two parties may result as a major setback for Trinamool.

Ruling party CPI(M) has already announced its candidates for different constituencies and has already began their election campaigns. But Trinamool's election journey remained paralysed partially as Congress and Trinamool are still facing the conflict over three seats.

Both parties were hopeful about the meeting between Trinamool Congress supremo and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Both Ms Banerjee and Mr Mukherjee met on Tuesday (Mar 15) evening. Unfortunately, the unfruitful meeting disappointed the party leaders.

Pranab Mukherjee headed from the national capital on Tuesday. The finance minister rushed to Kolkata to meet Trinamool leader. But while leaving the city, Mr Mukherjee stated, "We have discussed about the seat sharing. Discussion is inconclusive."

"We shall discuss it (seat-sharing issue) again," informed Mr Mukherjee. Mamata left for home without saying a word, triggering speculation that the alliance may be in trouble.

However, Congress is still hopeful about their alliance with Mamata's party as Congress spokesperson Shukhendu Shekhar Roy claimed, "So far I understand, the discussion is on, the process of alignment is on and we hope that whatever finality will be reached very soon."

As the sources reported, Trinamool is ready to give the Congress 65 out of 294 seats but the Congress wants more or at least some substantially winnable ones.

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