Mumbai: After two rounds of meetings, a seat-sharing agreement between the Congress and the Left parties was finalized on Thursday for 193 seats out of a total of 294 seats in the upcoming West Bengal assembly elections.
The left parties will contest 101 seats, while the Congress will contest 92 seats. “In the second round of seat-sharing for 116 seats of the upcoming West Bengal elections, it was decided that the Congress would contest from 48 seats, while the Left would contest from 68 seats.
The arrangement has been finalised for 193 seats so far,” said state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
On Monday, after the first meeting between the Congress and the Left Front coalition, it was announced that they would retain the seats they had won in the 2016 assembly elections, while the decision on the remaining 217 seats would be closed by 31 January.
The Congress won 44 seats while the Left Front won 33 seats during the 2016 elections.
The term of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will end on May 30 this year.
In the 2016 West Bengal Assembly elections, out of 294 seats, the Congress managed to win 44 seats, while the Left Front gained 33 seats. The ruling TMC secured 211 seats and the BJP won 3 seats.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the Left and the Congress fought separately and while the Congress won two seats, the Left won a vacancy. A 294-member West Bengal election is expected later this year.
(With ANI Inputs)