A Though Battle Ahead !


Photo: Arun Lodh/ File Photo

Photo: Arun Lodh/ File Photo

Elections for Kolkata Municipal corporation (KMC) and 92 other municipalities or urban self-governing bodies in various parts of West Bengal will be held on April 18 and 25 receptively People themselves exercise the local affairs either directly or through their elected representatives.The Corporation and the Municipalities are recognized as the Urban self-governing institutions.The Calcutta Corporation has been constituted and regulated by the Calcutta Municipal Act 1980.The Calcutta Municipal (Amendment) Act says the Councillors of the Corporation are elected on the basis of universal adult franchise.Calcutta has been divided into 141 wards.One Councillor is elected for each ward.The mayor is elected by the Councillors for five years.The Mayor-in-Council consists of the Mayor,the Deputy Mayor and ten Councillors.

In 2010,TMC got absolute majority (95 out of 141) to form the board in Calcutta Municipal Corporation.Later, in the Assembly election 2011,Bengal voted decisively against the Marxist led Left Front and TMC came to power.But four years of TMC rule,the party has become synonymous with scams,observed Opposition leaders.according to political observers,despite corruption charges against the Mamata Banarjee led government and  the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, the party will retain it’s firm grip on power in April local body elections.In 2010, Calcutta and neighboring Salt Lake changed their color from red to green.The trend of the last municipal elections will repeated again.But,the party is likely to face a tough challenge from the Left and BJP.

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About shanthanubh

A calcutta(India)based Independent newsresearcher and Investigative reporter.He has been working as a journalist for more than 15 years.He had worked as a news researcher for various news based programs in Calcutta.Shanthanu considers Deborah Potter and Theressha Collington Moore as his mentor because in his early days of journalism carrier, he was inspired and motivited by their works and learnt a lot from them about media ethics and news research.Though,a news researcher don't get enough credit for his job,he sticks to it.He believes that as journalists we should follow the jounalism mantra that if your mother says she loves you, check it out.we work as a store clerk.we believe that facts are more important than adjectives.Earlier,he also worked as a private investigator to brush up his skill as an Investigative Reporter.

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