New Delhi: Congress has finally given in to the demand of Mamata Banerjee for seat sharing in the upcoming elections in West Bengal, but is still hopeful of compensating the loss. 

The party is confident that it will emerge victorious on its own, as it has sympathy with the rebel leaders but as per the rule of alliance it will not show its support to them openly.  It is hope of convincing those leaders who have turned rebels following the denial of party ticket.

When it allied with the Trinamool Party for the polls, it wanted to contest on at least 70 seats in the state. On some seats it suggested a friendly contest between both the party candidates, but it was later rejected by Banerjee.

The party finally managed to get 65 seats. But the result was that some veteran leaders and MLAs of the Party revolted and turned rebellion.  Even some leaders, who used to contest the seats traditionally for a long period, were denied ticket and they decided to contest as an independent candidate.

According to sources, Congress will definitely convince such leaders as it has sympathy for those candidates who used to contest their seats traditionally. They were the backbone of the Party in the State.  The party will not show it openly that it still stands by them, the sources said.

If the higher sources are to be believed nearly six rebel candidates can still emerge winner if they contest independently in the West Bengal Assembly polls. It believes that such candidates can anytime make a comeback to the Party post-election.

Candidate Rampyare from the Congress has won the Kolkata Port seat six times while Abdul Khalik Mullah has a stronghold on Maria Burj seat. Similarly, Fazle Haq is the veteran of Congress. After the seat- sharing pact their seats went to Trinamool Congress.

(JPN/Bureau)