The Congress will start the seat sharing talks with allies for the upcoming general elections after February 26, when the curtains for the 14th Lok Sabha will be drawn.
"We want to start talks with allies at a time when there will be no pressure on us in the Parliament," said a senior Congress leader.
The talks will be carried out by concerned AICC General Secretaries, PCC chiefs and other senior party leaders, said party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed.
The grand old party's decision not to go for a national alliance and instead go for state specific tie-ups has not gone well with some of its allies and supporting parties which have been drawing up counter strategies.
RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's assertion that the left parties were "permanent friends" and "natural allies" is the latest example of a non-Congress party in the UPA reaching out to secular parties.