With just 48 hours left for the filing of nominations for the Sealdah and Bowbazar Assembly constituencies where bypolls are due on August 18,the deadlock between allies Congress and the Trinamool Congress over seat-sharing showed no signs of a resolution.
Sources said Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee,AICC general secretary in-charge of West Bengal K Keshav Rao and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee are in constant talks over phone to settle the issue.
State Congress leaders,who met Mukherjee on Saturday,had told him that their party wanted to contest both the seats but left the final decision on the party high command.
State Congress working president Subrata Mukherjee today said the party had sacrificed a lot for the electoral adjustment with the Trinamool. We still believe we have to protect our electoral alliance. But we also expect the Trinamool to play a positive role. In fact,it is the Congress which had started the process of seat-sharing with the Trinamool, said Mukherjee,referring to his partys decision to withdraw its candidate during the Bishnupur West Assembly bypoll in favour of the Trinamool.
Meanwhile,the CPM too is in a fix over fielding its candidate from Bowbazar. The CPI,on the other hand,has reportedly finalised its candidate for Sealdah,which it would contest following a seat-sharing deal with the Left Front. Sources said the party would field Prabir Deb in Sealdah.