The West Bengal authorities is keen on holding Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections in the course of the first half of March, a senior state election fee (SEC) official mentioned on Tuesday.
Civic polls have been slated to be held in April 2020, however the state authorities deferred the method owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The state government informed us that it is ready to hold KMC polls once the Election Commission of India publishes the final electoral roll and the state election commission adopts it.
After that, the state will be able to hold the polls in four to six weeks, provided the Covid situation doesn’t worsen,” the SEC official mentioned.
The ECI is more likely to publish its electoral roll on January 15, he mentioned “So if you calculate four to six weeks, it would be during the first or second week of March, he explained.
Asked about elections to other municipalities, the official said, Only information about KMC was communicated.” The opposition BJP had met SEC officers in October and demanded that KMC elections be held earlier than meeting polls.
Elections to 107 municipalities of the state and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) are being considered as a litmus check for the TMC and the BJP, forward of the 2021 Assembly polls, more likely to be held in April-May.