Bengal Civic Polls: Polls likely to start from December

News Desk: Following the conclusion of the four Assembly by-polls in the state, whose results will be declared on November 2, the West Bengal State Election Commission (WBSEC) is likely to organise the pending elections in 112 municipalities and corporations in the state — including in Kolkata, Bidhannagar, and Howrah — in two to three steps starting December.

Sources in the TMC said its probable candidates for the Kolkata and Howrah civic elections had already started preparing for campaigning.

They also said if Covid-19 cases did not rise steeply then elections in the 144 wards of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), the 66 wards of the Howrah Municipal Corporation, and the Bidhannagar corporation could be completed before the last week of December. The rest of the civic elections might be held in multiple phases in January 2022.

A senior TMC leader, the party’s probable candidates in Howrah and Kolkata, had already started gearing up for year-end elections.