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Cong, Trinamool reach seat-sharing accord in West Bengal

india Updated: Mar 12, 2009 08:25 IST
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Congress and Trinamool Congress on Wednesday reached a seat-sharing accord for Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal to put up a joint fight against the state's ruling Left Front, a day after the Mamata Banerjee-led party had served a 48-hour ultimatum for the agreement to be clinched.

Capping weeks of hard bargaining, Congress finally accepted Trinamool Congress' seat-sharing formula and will contest 14 of the 42 seats while Trinamool Congress would be in fray in 28.

"The alliance has been finalized. Congress will contest in 14 seats", senior Congress leader Kesava Rao told PTI in New Delhi this evening.

He said a formal announcement about the seat-sharing agreement would take place any moment.

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, an emissary of WBPCC president and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, met TC chief Mamata Banerjee at her south Kolkata office to convey Congress' decision to accept her party's seat-sharing formula.

Roy said he met Banerjee on behalf of Mukherjee to convey the PCC chief's best wishes to her "to give leadership to the important political fight (Lok Sabha poll) and beyond."

Banerjee had on Tuesday given the ultimatum to Congress to communicate its decision on seat-sharing accord proposed by TC between the two parties.

She said TC will contest 28 seats leaving 14 to Congress.