As the polls are approaching, the Left-Congress alliance is getting more complicated. West Bengal formula is not working in Tripura and the Congress-CPIM alliance is on the verge of collapse.
Although the CPIM has vacated 13 seats, the Congress has fielded candidates in an additional 16 seats, which made CPIM leaders and activists angry.
The situation becomes so tense that CPIM Politburo member and former CM Manik Sarkar hastily rushed to Agartala midway to handle the situation after leaving the central committee meeting in Kolkata.
Notably, CPIM initially left 12 seats to Congress.
Later one more seat was vacated at the request of state Congress observer Ajay Kumar.
However, in the end the Congress was not satisfied even with 13 seats and persisted in demanding 17 seats.
Despite several rounds of meetings, the CPIM did not agree to give up additional seats to the Congress.
As a result, strong demands to leave the alliance arose within the Congress party.
Congress has fielded candidates in 16 constituencies on the last day of nomination papers.
A Congress leader said there was no other option to sustain the party. Although nomination papers are submitted by both the parties, there will be a last desperate effort to hold on to the Left-Congress alliance through negotiation.
CPM All India General Secretary Sitaram Yechury hoped that the issue of seat sharing with the Congress would be resolved.
The picture of the alliance will be clarified soon within 2-3 days.