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Congress facing troubles in seat-sharing

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The is facing dissensions in several states ahead of elections and is yet to firm up alliances in crucial states like even as the first phase of elections is less than a month away.

The dissensions are coming in the way of party's efforts to build a narrative against the BJP-led govenrment.

Tom Vadakkan, a well-known party leader, who has been a loyalist of Nehru-Gandhi family and handled the party's when was the party chief, joined the on Thursday.

In Maharashtra, Sujay Vikhe-Patil, son of of Opposition in Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, has also joined the

Madan Bhosale, a former of former Pradesh Committee Prataprao Bhosale, joined the saffron party some days ago.

In Gujarat, three MLAs - Vallabh Dharaviya, Purshottam Sabariya, Jawahar Chavda - joined the ahead of crucial meeting of in Ahmedabad earlier this week.

In Karnataka, where Congress has been facing internal troubles, one of its MLAs has joined the BJP.

The Congress has not been able to firm up a 'mahagathbandhan' (grand alliance) in amid reports of differences with over seat-sharing. Voting for the first phase of elections is due on April 11.

NCP Sharad Pawar's sudden decision not to contest elections is also being interpreted in terms of the prospects of the NCP-Congress alliance in

Congress has had talks with the NCP on sharing seats, but the alliance has not been able to accommodate some other significant players. Prakash Ambedkar's Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh and Swabhimani Paksha of Raju Shetty are likely to contest separately causing a division in opposition votes.

The Congress appears to be in a dilemma over AAP's keenness for a tie-up in to take on the BJP. The party has been ruling out a tie-up but its leaders are still seeking feedback from party workers if they should go for seat sharing.

The party also faces a tough task in where it is out of the opposition alliance of Bahujan Samaj Party, and Rashtriya Lok Dal.

Congress is in talks with National Conference in Jammu and Kashmir, but there has not been any formal announcement of the alliance.



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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 20:56 IST