In a strategic move, the Trinamool Congress has offered only two Lok Sabha seats to its ally Congress in West Bengal for the upcoming 2024 elections. The decision, led by Mamata Banerjee, underscores the belief that the dominant party in the state should have the final say in seat sharing.
According to sources, the seat-sharing allocation is determined by a formula that considers both parliamentary and state assembly election results. The Trinamool Congress aims to solidify its position as the primary political force in the state.
The party also reiterates its choice of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge as the convenor for the INDIA bloc, expressing confidence in his ability to influence 58 seats. While not against Nitish Kumar, the Trinamool Congress believes Kharge would have a more significant impact as the Opposition alliance’s convenor, particularly given his Dalit community background.
During the recent meeting of the Opposition INDIA bloc in New Delhi, it was agreed that the seat-sharing talks should be finalized promptly for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Despite the Trinamool Congress’s request for details by December 31, 2023, the INDIA bloc has yet to reach a consensus on seat allocation, missing the set deadline. As political dynamics continue to unfold, Bengal gears up for a politically charged electoral battle in the upcoming elections.