Congress called off seat sharing talks with Left front led by CPI(M) on Sunday citing displeasure in seat distribution for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Seat sharing talks with the Left front led by CPI(M) in Bengal was called off by the Congress on Sunday. The talks for seat sharing between the two parties in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls had been going on for several weeks and the two parties were unsuccesful in deciding the distribution of seats.
Congress chief Somen Mitra after the meeting in Kolkata said "It has been decided by our party unit that we don't want any adjustment or alliance by compromising our dignity. The Left can't dictate us on who will be candidate and who won't. We will fight it alone in Bengal".
The Congress was miffed at the CPI(M) announcing the list of its 25 candidates in the state, and had expressed the party's displeasure over the Left Front not respecting the rules of alliance.
West Bengal, which sends 42 members to Lok Sabha, will now witness a four-cornered contest between the Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Left Front and the Congress.
(With inputs from PTI)
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Last Updated Mar 18, 2019, 1:03 PM IST