New Delhi, Jan 30 (Agencies): As Assembly elections in five states are drifting close, the arithmetic of alliance has started puzzling the Congress, with regional satrap playing the big brother. Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry will go to polls this year.

Mamata frowns upon Cong

In West Bengal, Trinamool Congress has frowned upon state Congress plans to demand 98 of the total 294 seats for forging an alliance for assembly elections expected to be held by May.

A senior Trinamool leader warned that Congress would be playing into the hands of CPI(M) if it pitched for seats higher than its strength.

Banerjee met the Congress President Sonia Gandhi last week but there have been no details from either side about the parleys between the two top leaders.

Congress did not attach much importance to the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, and there have been heated exchanges between the two sides at the state level on the issue of alliance.

Cong set to go with DMK in TN

The Congress is all set to go with the DMK in Tamil Nadu. DMK is already facing heat owing to the 2G spectrum scam, but Congress leaders say that they have no other option but be a part of the DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu.

In view of firming up alliance in the southern state, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is going to hold talks with Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday .

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had recently declared in Chennai that the alliance was strong.

Tamil Nadu Congress leaders are singing a different tune. "The leadership wants the Centre to be safe and therefore we have to go along with the DMK in the state knowing pretty well that it was on the backfoot owing to the 2G spectrum scam," said a senior state leader.

Cong’s UDF upbeat in Kerala

Congress’s United Democratic Front in an upbeat mood after a good showing in the last Lok Sabha elctions. The Congress is leading the UDF in Kerala for the past few decades. The ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) is its traditional rival in the state.

In Puducherry Cong runs on its own

In Puducherry, the last Assembly poll performance catapulted the Congress in power. The party is running the government on its own.

Cong may go alone in Assam

The Congress is ruling in Assam with the support of a Bodo party.

Congress general Secretary Digvijay Singh, in charge of party's affairs in Assam, has said that no decision has been taken so far about going in for alliance in the state, indicating it could go alone.

Sonia, Rahul skirted alliance issue in plenary

Party President Sonia Gandhi as well as Rahul Gandhi had remained silent on the issue of alliances at the party's plenary held here last month. The political resolution adopted at the plenary had also skirted the issue.

Gandhi had only acknowledged the shock the party received in the just concluded Assembly elections in Bihar where it had contested on its own.

Talking in generalities, the political resolution had merely said the necessity of coalition politics at the central level does not prevent party's state-level workers from hoping and dreaming of a larger political space wherever they may be and "we as a party must be cognisant and supportive of their aspirations."