February 12, 2009

Process for seat-adjustment with Trinamool open : Cong

Kolkata,11th February : After withdrawing its candidate in favour of Trinamool Congress nominee in a bypoll, Congress in West Bengal today said the door for seat adjustment with that party was open but there was no response from Mamata Banerjee-led outfit.

"The process of seat adjustment between Congress and Trinamool Congress for the Lok Sabha poll has started. We will withdraw our candidate for the February 26 Bishnupur (West) assembly by-poll," WPCC working president Pradip Bhattacherjee told reporters here.The Trinamool had lost the last election in this constituency in 2006 by 4000 votes.

Bhattacherjee and another PCC working president Subrata Mukherjee said "now it is upto the Trinamool Congress to appropriately respond to Congress' gesture." Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, however, remained tightlipped on Congress' decision to withdraw its candidate in favour of her party nominee.

The Congress decision came less than 24 hours after Mamata distanced herself from BJP-led NDA and vowed to back a secular alliance after the polls. Mukherjee said the decision on terms of seat-adjustment would be taken by the party high command.

Bhattacherjee said the newly-formed co-ordination committee headed by WBPCC president Pranab Mukherjee would meet here on February 14 here to discuss policy and follow-up action on seat adjustment with Trinamool Congress.

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