Upset Congress desperate to save ally with Trinamool in WB

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New Delhi, Mar 19: Sonia Gandhi is in London now but his party Congress looks desperate to save its ally with Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool in West Bengal. It is clear that the party is upset with Mamata's decision to announce candidates list without Congress' consent but still they are demanding more time from Trinamool, party sources informed.

Congress Working Committee member-in charge for West Bengal Shakeel Ahmad said, "This is a new situation... new development. The party central leadership will discuss the issue in detail and then take a decision."

"Our discussions for seat sharing had remained inconclusive, hence it was told that we will discuss the issue again. We were seeking more time to resolve the differences on the number and nature of seats to be contented by each party," Ahmad added and continued stating, "However, now an announcement has already been made (by TMC). We have to see how we respond to the new development."

Trinamool and Congress were engaged in a spat over seat-sharing issue ahead of assembly election in the state starting from Apr 18. The two parties had arranged several meetings but unfortunately, all remained inconclusive.

Recently, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Mamata met in Kolkata to solve the seat-sharing row but while leaving the city, Mr Mukherjee stated, "We have discussed about the seat sharing. Discussion is inconclusive," and also added, "We shall discuss it (seat-sharing issue) again."

Finally, Trinamool chief threatened Congress to find out some solution or "Else, we (Trinamool) will put our candidates which will include members from minority community on Monday (Mar 21)," the party sources had claimed earlier.

Despite Trinamool's warnings, Congress was unmoved and finally on Friday, Mar 18, the party announced its candidates list without Congress' consent.

Trinamool unilaterally declared its list of 228 candidates and allotted 64 seats to its ally Congress. The party also allotted two seats for its ally Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI).

Congress spokesperson Ahmed also claimed, "She (Mamata)announced the list unilaterally yesterday leaving 64 seats for us...we are not in agreement with the list announced. The Congress leadership will take a final call after Holi...we will consider her offer and take a final decision."

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