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Kolkata: Notwithstanding Mamata Banerjee’s efforts at stitching a pan-India anti-BJP collation, Congress is unlikely to enter into a tie-up with Trinamool in Bengal for the coming Lok Sabha polls.

This has been clarified by Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra after a meeting with the party’s national president Rahul Gandhi in Delhi today. Abdul Mannan, Congress’ leader of Opposition in Bengal Assembly, was also present in the meet.

“We apprised the Rahul Gandhi as to how Trinamool is trying to destroy the Congress in Bengal by engineering one after another defection. We also told him that a tie-up with Trinamool will ruin the party further,” Mitra told reporters.

In response, the Congress president said that the party will consider a tie-up with Trinamool only if a respectable (seat sharing) formula is offered. Unless there will be no electoral understanding with the Trinamool, Mitra quoted.

There are 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal. In the 2014 elections, contesting separately, Congress had wrested four seats, Trinamool 34, CPI-M two and, BJP two.

Asked whether Congress is open to an electoral alliance with the Left for the Lok Sabha polls, the Bengal Congress president did not rule out such a possibility.

“We have had some discussions on this but further dialogues are needed. We shall take a call at the right time,” he said.

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