A seat-sharing possibility with a view on the forth coming elections in UP is being debated between Trinamool Congress and Janata Dal (United). This is seen as an effort by TMC to expand from its current state as a regional to a national party. The talks between both parties have been confirmed by chief of JD(U) Sharad Yadav.
The party plans to contest atleast 200 out of the 403 seats in the UP Assembly. The new alliance is stated to have been planned with plans by TMC to contest polls with Congress being thwarted. This is seen as a significant development, with the gulf between TMC and Congress widening in West Bengal.
JD (U) General Secretary KC Tyagi has also confirmed talks between both parties. “We have held preliminary discussions to trace possibility of a seat-sharing between the two parties for UP polls,” he said.
“No agreement could be reached for seat sharing till date. But we are still in discussion with JD-U,” said Sultan Ahmed, TMC leader and Union Minister, as he released a list that contained the names of 37 candidates from TMC. He also stated that TMC will share seats with any party, except the BJP.
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