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Congress to Hold Talks With Trinamool Congress on Seat Sharing in One Week

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New Delhi: After resolving the much talked seat sharing dispute with the Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam (DMK), the Congress party may start negotiations with the Trinamool Congress within a week to share seats for the West Bengal assembly polls scheduled to be held from April 18 to May 10.

Mamata Banerjee (L) with Sonia Gandhi (R)

The Congress party is expected to seek 100 seats from the Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress to fight poll battle for the 294-member assembly. Trinamool has reportedly offered 58 seats to the Congress party.

Congress has appointed former union minister Dr Shakeel Ahmed in-charge of upcoming polls in West Bengal. The party has already held informal discussions on seat sharing with the Trinamool Congress, but the formal discussion will begin soon.

Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today met district presidents and MPs from the state to identify the seats the party wished to contest.

Shakeel said that the talks were expected to take place in a week.

The former minister met the party’s district presidents today and exchanged views on party’s winning possibilities.

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