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Kolkata civic polls: Congress-TMC talks fail

The fate of the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance in West Bengal has become uncertain, with both the parties deciding on Saturday to contest the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections on May 30 separately.



Zeenews Bureau

Kolkata: The fate of the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance in West Bengal has become uncertain, with both the parties deciding on Saturday to contest the Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections on May 30 separately.

The alliance fell apart as none of the two partners were ready to take a smaller pie of the KMC’s 141 seats. The Congress is unhappy with Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee for offering only 25 seats and today announced a list of its candidates for 88 wards.

Addressing the media Congress spokesperson Pradeep Bhattacharya said that though both the parties have parted ways for the civic elections, yet the alliance at the national level is very much intact.

The upcoming civic polls, being described as a semi-final before the next year`s Assembly Elections, would be held on May 30.

Earlier, Union Finance Minister and state Congress PCC president Pranab Mukherjee and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee met to finalise the seat sharing process, but failed to broker a deal.

Trinamool Congress had, earlier, announced the list of 115 party nominees leaving 25 wards to Congress and one to TC ally SUCI(C).

(With PTI inputs)

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