Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee announced a list of 228 candidates, leaving only 64 seats for the Congress which was bargaining for more in the upcoming Assembly polls.

In a severe blow to the proposed alliance with the Congress for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections, Banerjee declared the list.

"I am declaring the list of 228 candidates of Trinamool Congress. I could have announced the list of remaining 64 seats. But as an alliance scenario with the Congress is on, we are not announcing it," said Banerjee.

"But we have the list other 64 candidates and if Congress doesn't agree, we will announce those also," she made it clear.

The talks between senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee and Banerjee were inconclusive as both sides could not reach an agreement on seat-sharing for the six-phase April-May Assembly elections in West Bengal.

Earlier, in 2009 the Trinamool and the Congress, along with the Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist (SUCI-C), had joined hands before the Lok Sabha polls and decimated the Left Front that has been ruling the state since 1977. The alliance had bagged 26 of the state's 42 Lok Sabha seats.

The Trinamool has given SUCI-C two seats. In its list of 228, Trinamool has fielded 34 female and 42 minority candidates.

Banerjee said the door of alliance was open but if the Congress did not agree with the seats allotted for it, she had the list of 64 candidates which she would announce on Monday evening.

"I wanted an alliance that is why I waited for a positive nod from the Congress from March 1-18. But I cannot wait forever because very few days are left for the process of first phase of elections. Although we are small parties, but we are the real party in West Bengal," she said.

The Congress leadership, which was clearly taken aback by Trinamool Congress' unilateral announcement of list of candidates for 228 seats, on Friday said it will discuss the new development.

"We are a political party and we should always remain for any eventuality. It's a new development and we will discuss the issue within our party and will come out with a comprehensive statement very soon," Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed said.

The SUCI-C leadership also expressed its disappointment over Trinamool unilaterally announcing its candidates and constituencies.

"We had demanded a total of 12 assembly seats. But I have come to know that we are given only two seats. We will discuss the issue with them. Let us see," said Soumen Basu, senior SUCI-C leader.

The Trinamool also gave tickets to National Award winning actress Debashree Roy, Bengali actor Chiranjeet, theatre personality Bratya Basu and singers Anup Ghosal and Parikhit Bala.

(Agencies)