BJD swept the Panchayat polls but experts say it will face difficulty in the urban local body polls as it is not as well placed in urban areas.
With an impressive lead in the rural elections, the BJD is eying a similar victory for the upcoming urban polls in Nabarangpur by starting to hold preparatory meetings in the district.
Though the complete results of the rural elections are not declared so far, the Opposition candidates for ULBs are keen on contesting as independent candidates instead of being tagged to a party.
All the three major parties BJD, BJP and Congress have a long list of aspirants for the top seat in the Cuttack Municipal Corporation.
Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena said the process of reservation of seats has already been started at the district-level.
The BMC has submitted its ward delimitation and seat reservation report to the Housing and Urban Development department as part of the preparations for the Urban Local Body polls next year.
Three separate petitions filed by two BJP leaders and a former bureaucrat alleged that the State Election Commission, which conducts the civic polls failed in carrying out its Constitutional mandate.