Congress to take up TMC issue, Kerala list today

The six-phase Assembly elections will begin in West Bengal April 18 and conclude May 10. Counting will take place May 13.

New Delhi: With Congress president Sonia Gandhi returning from a week-long trip from London on Sunday, the Congress party will take up the seat-sharing issue with the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal today, party sources said.

The party is also likely to announce Monday most of its 81 candidates for the April 13 Kerala Assembly polls, he added.

"Monday will be a curcial day for the party. Trinamool chief Mamata Benerjee`s unilateral declartion of 228 candidates of her party has pushed the Congress into a corner," a party official told a news agency on Sunday.
Mamata had left 64 seats in West Bengal for the Congress while announcing her party`s candidates on Friday. She had said that the Trinamool will announce candidates for the 64 seats too if the Congress did not announce the list on Monday.

Congress circles informally expressed disappointment at Mamata`s act.

Shakeel Ahmed, Congress leader in charge of West Bengal, said: "It`s a new situation. The party will take a final decision after the party president`s return."

Political circles feel the Trinamool, sensing an anti-Left wave in West Bengal, will try to limit the Congress quota to 64 seats.

The six-phase Assembly elections will begin in West Bengal April 18 and conclude May 10. Counting will take place May 13.

IANS

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