No ‘fix all’ formula across states for seat-sharing, says Shashi Tharoor; admits Nitish exit a setback in Bihar

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said a 'fix all' seat-sharing formula is not possible as political realities are different in different states.


Published Jan 29, 2024 | 8:55 AMUpdatedJan 29, 2024 | 8:55 AM

Shashi Tharoor

The JD(U)’s exit from the Opposition INDIA bloc is a setback in Bihar, but it will re-double the determination of people to fight for the right cause, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said on the day Nitish Kumar took oath as the chief minister of Bihar for a record ninth time.

JD(U) president Nitish Kumar had earlier in the day resigned as the chief minister, saying “things were not working well” for him in the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ in Bihar and in the Opposition bloc INDIA, and staked a claim to form a new government with the support of the BJP, which he had dumped less than 18 months ago.

“It (Nitish Kumar’s exit from the INDIA alliance) is certainly a setback in Bihar, but the fact remains that in politics there are ups and downs. I think in many ways it will redouble the determination of the people elsewhere as well as in Bihar to fight for the right things in the right way,” Tharoor told PTI in Hyderabad on the sidelines of an event.

“The problem is that some individuals clearly have not been able to make up their minds where they stand on the political spectrum and what they want to see happening in this country,” he said.

Issue with seat-sharing

When asked about the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab, which have also announced their decision to go alone, Tharoor said it was always understood that the negotiations would take place on a state-by-state basis.

There cannot be one “fix all” formula in all the states because there are different political realities in different states, he said.

Citing examples, Tharoor said the Congress and CPI(M) cannot be expected to come together and start sharing seats in Kerala, but in neighbouring Tamil Nadu, the Congress, CPI, CPI(M) and the DMK are allies.

“So, it varies from state to state. You cannot take one place and just generalise from that,” he said.

If the ongoing discussions don’t yield a positive outcome in one state, it does not necessarily jeopardise the INDIA bloc in another state, he said.

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