Didi has her way in seat sharing

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Mar 22 2011, 05:53am hrs
The Congress has been able to wrangle just one seat more than what Trinamool chief and West Bengal poll ally Mamata Banerjee had offered it last Friday. Mamata had given the party 64 for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections, but the final deal now stands at 227-65 with the addition of Canning East to the Congress tally. Trinamool ally Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) will contest two.

Seat-sharing talks between the Congress and the Trinamool soured last week after Mamata unilaterally announced her list, giving the Congress only 64 seats in the 294 constituency Assembly.

Soon after Congress President Sonia Gandhi flew in from abroad on Monday morning, she put the contentious seat-sharing issue on fast-track.

Sources had told The Indian Express that the Congress high command would abide by Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjees decision in order to avoid rampant division of the Left vote.

Congress has entered into a seat-sharing agreement with the Trinamool Congress for West Bengal Assembly polls. We expect that the alliance will give a chance to the people of Bengal to end misrule of the Left, AICC spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.