Congress had no other option than to accept whatever Mamata Banerjee was offering them. Despite this, they kept trying for almost a week, but when Mamata did not agree, they meekly surrendered and accepted to fight on 65 seats.
Trinamool Congress released its candidate list for West Bengal assembly polls on Friday itself with list of 228 candidates. The decision was almost unilateral by Mamata Banerjee, as Congress felt that the seat talks were incomplete. Congress was demanding for 98 seats and later came down to 90 constituencies. But Mamata remained adamant, and finally Congress had to give in.
In 2010 Civic Polls in West Bengal, Congress had failed to enter into a seat-sharing agreement with TMC, which resulted in a very bad performance by Congress. So, Congress was wary of repeating the mistake again.
West Bengal assembly elections 2011 will be held in 6 phases. The first phase begins on 18th April and the final 6th phase ends on 10th May. The counting of votes will be done on 13th May (Friday).