As Kolkata holds municipal elections next month – Another TMC vs BJP face-off coming soon

BJP’s appeal to hold polls in 112 civic bodies together is pending before Calcutta HC, but State Election Commission has gone ahead and declared the dates for KMC polls.

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Three weeks from now, the Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party will face off in West Bengal, as capital Kolkata holds municipal elections after six years.

About 40 lakh voters are eligible to cast their ballots to elect councillors in 144 wards on 19 December, the State Election Commission announced Thursday, with the results expected to be announced two days later on 21 December. 

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has been run by the Trinamool since 2010, even before it came to power in the state in 2011. But elections have not been held since 2015, with last year’s scheduled polls being postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The announcement of the Kolkata civic elections came on a day when the Trinamool and the BJP are squaring off in elections to municipal bodies across the state of Tripura. The run-up to these elections to 222 seats have been beset by allegations of rigging, violence and booth capturing, as the Trinamool makes its debut and takes on the ruling BJP. The political battle had also reached the Supreme Court, where the TMC pleaded that the polls be postponed due to the law and order situation. 

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