Tripura assembly elections: Congress and Left parties have reached an agreement on seats
The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front and the Congress on Thursday reached an agreement on seat-sharing for the February 16 assembly elections in Tripura.
A top Congress leader has given this information.
The seat sharing was agreed upon on the last day of withdrawal of nomination papers.
There was a deadlock between the two parties over seat sharing.
On January 25, the Left Front declared its candidates for 47 out of 60 assembly seats, leaving only 13 seats for the Congress.
After this, the Congress fielded its candidates for 17 seats. The central leaders of both the parties accepted the formula of 47 seats for the Left Front and 13 seats for the Congress to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
After this Congress withdrew three out of 17 candidates.
Another Congress candidate did not file nomination.
State Congress President Birajit Sinha said, “The seat-sharing agreement between the CPI(M) and the Congress for the upcoming assembly elections was finalized on Thursday.
This was the last day for withdrawal of nominations.
Three Congress leaders withdrew their nominations as per the agreement.” He said that 13 CPI(M) candidates who had filed their nominations before the seat-sharing agreement, have also withdrawn their papers.
Senior CPI(M) leader Pabitra Kar said the standoff with the Congress over seat sharing has finally been resolved through talks.
He said, “Now we will fight the elections together to defeat the BJP which fooled the people and won the last election.”
Sinha said that both the parties will jointly campaign to defeat the BJP.
He alleged that the BJP has 'strangled democracy' during the last five years.
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