The Congress’s bid to enter an alliance with the Trinamool Congress in Tripura is most likely to fall flat, with the TMC being unhappy with what the Congress has to offer.When they released their list of candidates for Tripura, the Central leaders in the Congress gave tickets to more than 56 candidates in the 60 seats it is contesting, and said that four names will be let out later. However, days before that, the party sent a prominent state leader as an emissary to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who seemed positive and open to the alliance.The Congress’s offer was that the parties will enter into a seat-sharing basis and that the party will hand over five or six seats to TMC. Of these, one seat was to be reserved for SC and ST candidates, while the remaining were to be of general candidates. All the seats were to be in the tribal belt. Further, the Congress’s condition was that the alliance will work only if Mamata herself campaigns in the state. This was to ensure that the Bengal CM thaws away into the CPI (M)’s Bengali vote-bank in the state. The talks had also presumably reached a high level. However, with the February 3 deadline for the withdrawal of nominations in the state, it is likely that the alliance will not work out. A TMC leader, unwilling to be quoted, said that the party is unhappy with the Congress’s arrogance over the matter.“They have not budged an inch, and are not willing to comply to some of our demands,” said the leader.In the state, where 56 of the 60 seats were won by CPI (M), Congress has four MLAs. Congress MLA Ratan Lal Nath along with Mahila Congress president Himani Debbarma joined BJP in December.FALLING FLATA TMC leader said the party is unhappy with the Congress’s arrogance over the matter. “They have not budged an inch and are not willing to comply to some of our demands,” he said.
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