New Delhi: With the nearing of assembly elections to be held in five states including Uttar Pradesh, all political parties are looking into possibilities of forming alliances to register thumping victory in the elections.

Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Mamata Banerjee’s TMC, after registering a landslide victory in Bihar 2010 and in West Bengal 2011 respectively, have entered into negotiations for a seat-sharing arrangement for the upcoming Assembly polls in the largest populous state of Uttar Pradesh.

Banerjee’s TMC is keen in expanding its profile to a national party and planning to contest at least 200 seats in the 403-member UP assembly.

“We are still discussing with JD (U) to reach to an agreement on the seat-sharing issue,” TMC leader and Union Minister Sultan Ahmed on Friday said after releasing the list of 37 candidates for UP polls.

NDA convener Sharad Yadav and JD (U) general secretary KC Tyagi confirmed the talks between the two parties.

“We have held preliminary discussion on the possibilities of seat-sharing between the two-parties,” Tyagi said.

Responding to a question on whether the release of candidates list by the TMC indicated that the talks had failed, Tyagi added, “Our doors are open”.

Polls in Uttar Pradesh will be conducted in seven phases, between February 8 and March 3.

(Agencies)