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Seat sharing in Oppn allies remain unresolved

Posted on Dec 06, 02:03PM | UNI

Seat-sharing between the opposition Congress and tribal-based Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) remained unresolved as Congress wanted to make its presence felt in tribal-reserved 20 constituencies.

INPT has been demanding at least 14 seats in the 60-member Assembly, election to which is scheduled in early 2013.

But Congress wants to allot only eight seats, two more than its present strength, which is not acceptable to the INPT.

An INPT delegation had left for New Delhi to discuss with the AICC top brass the seat-sharing arrangement after repeated phase meetings with the Pradesh Congress.

However, INPT General Secretary Jagadish Debbarma denied the whole issue and said the delegation went to Delhi to discuss demands of more empowerment to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC).

Meanwhile, Congress leaders stated that allotment of seats between the opposition alliance would be done considering the poll prospect and candidates of both Congress and INPT to be chosen after through exercise as well as voters' demand.