New Delhi: The tussle between Congress and Trinamool over seat sharing for the forthcoming West Bengal Assembly polls has intensified.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel spoke with Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy over the seat sharing deadlock and tried to appease him.

However, the final decision will be taken after Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee meets the party affairs in-charge Shakeel Ahmed in Kolkata on Friday.

Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee gave a 48-hour deadline to the Congress party saying that she would announce the list of candidates for the Assembly polls if a consensus was not reached.

Sonia Gandhi, on Thursday, met state Congress chief Manas Bhuniya in New Delhi to discuss on the seats the party state unit wanted to contest in the election.

After a meeting at 10 Janpath, Bengal MPs rejected Mamata’s offer of 58 seats and said they were not going to compromise on the issue.

They said it was not only the question of number of seats but the quality of seats, and hinted that the Congress would not take seats as charity.

The Congress party has demanded 100 seats and insisted that it would not take less than 70 in its kitty.

JPN/Bureau