23 Feb 2024

Lok Sabha Elections-2024: Are There Any Renewed Congress-Trinamool Seat Talks Amidst Mamata Banerjee's Initial Rejection?

New Delhi: Following successful seat-sharing agreements with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Samajwadi Party for Lok Sabha Elections-2024, the Congress is now aiming to resume discussions with Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, aiming to secure five of Bengal's 42 seats. 

While negotiations may involve compromises in Assam and Meghalaya, where the Congress is the primary Opposition, talks have resumed on a positive note, with an announcement expected soon if a consensus is reached.

Cong scaled down its expectations

The Congress, initially pushing for six seats in Bengal, has scaled down its expectations after Mamata Banerjee's firm refusal. Mamata had offered two seats but objected to the Congress's demand for more. 

Despite the setback, the Congress is now eyeing seats currently held by the BJP, including one in north Bengal. This is in addition to the seats offered by Mamata Banerjee - Berhampore and Malda South, won by the Congress in 2019.

Among the seats being considered are Behrampore, Malda South, Malda North, Raiganj, and Darjeeling, with Purulia remaining uncertain. Party sources suggest that Trinamool may not realistically expect to regain the north Bengal seats, despite public statements.

Rapid progress in finalizing stalled deals

Recent developments indicate rapid progress in finalizing stalled deals, facilitated by the intervention of the Congress's central leadership. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has accepted the Samajwadi Party's 17-seat offer in Uttar Pradesh, while seat-sharing details with AAP have been broadly outlined, including Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, and Goa. 

In Delhi, AAP will contest four seats, and the Congress three, with reciprocal seat adjustments in Gujarat and Haryana. The Congress is accelerating its efforts to solidify alliances ahead of the upcoming elections.

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