Establishing record dominance, the TMC secured a 72% vote share when the LF bagged 12% and the BJP 9% respectively. The Congress got a 4% vote share.
The saffron party alleged that the TMC had kept “these musclemen” at secret places on the outskirts of the state capital.
The State Election Commission (SEC) and the state government had earlier told the court that elections to 111 municipal bodies will be held in six to eight phases by May 2022.
Political observers attribute the BJP’s U-turn to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s aggressive pitch of branding the saffron camp as a party of ‘‘outsiders’’ in the run up to the Bengal polls.
Though the saffron camp’s election committee was formed last month, it convened just once and was skipped by many members.
This is the first list of contestants while the party will extend support to independent candidates in 22-25 seats to ensure the defeat of the Trinamool Congress and the BJP.
The ruling party in West Bengal in the last KMC polls in 2015 had won 126 wards.
Elections to more than 100 civic bodies including municipal corporations of Kolkata and Howrah have been due for a long time, primarily because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.