THE STATE Congress on Sunday announced 16 new constituencies from where the party would contest in the Assembly polls beginning next month. This is the second list of seats announced by the party.
In the first list, the party had named 75 seats. Among them, one was withdrawn on Sunday. Hence, the total number of seats from where the party would contest now stood at 90.
The 16 constituencies announced by state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury were Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Harirampur, Manikchak, Kakdwip, Mograhat West, Madhyamgram, Kolkata Port, Shyampur, Udaynarayanpur, Uleberia North, Pursura, Moyna, Nayagram, Durgapur West and Murarai. “Joypur in Purulia district, which was included in the first list, has been withdrawn,” he said.
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Under the seat sharing arrangement between the Congress and Left Front, both would pitch common candidates from eight constituencies. These are Tarakeswar, Domjur, English Bazar, Nandakumar, Behala East, Bhatpara, Haroa and Egra.
Moreover, there are seven “friendly seats” from where both parties would contest. These seats are Tapan, Beleghata, Hariharpara, Domkol, Bharatpur, Harishchandrapur and Malatipur. “Among the 294 constituencies, there would be a friendly fight in seven seats… This will not be detrimental to the understanding between the two,” Chowdhury said.
Some confusion, however, still remained. For example, there was no mention of what will be the fate of Jorasanko constituency in Kolkata. Both Congress and Left Front had announced candidates from the seat. Meanwhile, a meeting of senior leaders from both fronts took place at Congress leader Somen Mitra’s residence on Sunday.