The Odisha State Congress wants an alliance with the Communist Party of India (CPI) to strengthen its base in the state ahead of the upcoming Lol Sabha elections.
In this regard, State Congress leaders held a meeting with CPI leaders on Saturday to discuss the party’s seat-sharing adjustment with the Left.
The state Congress committee president Niranjan Patnaik, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra and CPI’s Odisha unit secretary Asish Kanungo attended the meeting.
Reportedly, Kanungo insisted that they would field candidates in Aska Lok Sabha constituency along with assembly constituencies in Chatrapur and Boudh. The Congress has apparently agreed to the suggestion.
The Communist Party has also demanded
Chitrakonda, Balikuda-Ersama, Brajarajnagar, Junagarh and Sundargarh assembly seats. The Congress, however, did not agree to leave the five MLA seats demanded by the CPI.
“Some steps are being taken to resolve the stalemate over the five MLA seats. They (Congress) have made some suggestions and we have accepted them. I hope, the seat-sharing issue will be resolved in a couple of days,” a CPI leader said.