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Abbas Siddiqui demands 65-70 seats from Left-Congress alliance

Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui’s Indian Secular Front (ISF) has demanded 65-70 seats from the Left Front parties and Congress. According to sources, Siddiqui has sent letters to the Left and Congress, seeking to be a part of the alliance.
 

Bengal election Abbas Siddiqui demands 65-70 seats from Left-Congress alliance -dbr
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West Bengal, First Published Feb 15, 2021, 9:57 AM IST
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Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui’s Indian Secular Front (ISF) has demanded 65-70 seats from the Left Front parties and Congress. According to sources, Siddiqui has sent letters to the Left and Congress, seeking to be a part of the alliance.

Abbas's party has already held several meetings with the Left-Congress alliance. It is learned that the matter has not been settled yet. According to a close associate of Abbas Siddiqui, the final decision will be taken on February 16 and February 17.

The leaders of all parties will sit together in public and announce the seat-sharing arrangement for the upcoming West Bengal polls. However, the demands of the ISF have made the leaders of the Left-Congress alliance in a state of pressure because the Left Front and the Congress have already finalized the 193-seat draft.

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The Left and Congress have reached an agreement on 193 seats so far for the much-talked-about Bengal polls. The CPIM-led front is believed to have agreed to take 101 seats leaving the other 92 for their partner.

Bengal Congress supremo Adhir Chowdhury has decided to hold meeting with the party’s district chiefs before offering Siddiqui any seat. Also, Mannan and CPIM leader Suryakanta Mishra will hold a separate meeting before sharing the table with ISF.

Provincial Congress president Adhir Chowdhury and senior Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Bhattacharya have not been able to take part in the alliance talks so far. So, this time the Left and the Congress are trying to finalize the terms of the alliance with Abbas Siddiqui.

However, ISF chairman Nowshad Siddiqui did not want to publicly admit that his party demanded 65-70 seats. In his words, "It is against our policy to say publicly who wants how many seats in the alliance. The alliance is under discussion.”
 

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