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Kolkata goes to civic polls on Dec 19, test for BJP-TMC

  • Published at 11:28 pm November 25th, 2021
Voters queue up to cast their ballot during the final phase of West Bengal's state
Voters queue up to cast their ballots during the final phase of West Bengal's state legislative assembly elections, in Kolkata on April 29, 2021 AFP

The election was due in April-May 2020 but got postponed due to the Covid pandemic

The election to Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will be held on December 19, said the West Bengal election body on Thursday.

The counting of votes polled in the 144 wards of the civic body is likely to be held on December 21, NDTV reports citing State Election Commissioner Saurav Das.

The stage is now set for a litmus test for the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the opposition BJP on whether they have been able to hold on to their ground or increase their support base among urban voters since the assembly elections seven months ago.

The TMC had swept all the 16 assembly segments in Kolkata in the last election.

"The KMC elections will be held on December 19 and the counting is likely to take place on December 21. We will issue a separate notification for that. The entire polling process has to be completed by December 22. From today onwards, the Model Code of Conduct is implemented," the election commissioner said.

A total of 40,48,352 voters are eligible to cast their votes.

"There will be 4,742 polling booths. The filing of nomination starts from today (Thursday) and will continue till December 1. The last date for withdrawal of candidatures is December 4. The polling and election campaign will take place adhering to all Covid protocols," he said.

Saurav said that discussions are on with the state police chief and the Kolkata Police Commissioner regarding the deployment of security forces.

When asked whether the poll body will seek deployment of the central forces, Saurav said he can comment on it only after going through the security plan submitted by the police forces in the state.

The elections to KMC, along with 112 other municipalities and municipal corporations, were due in April-May 2020. But the polls were postponed due to the raging Covid pandemic.

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