Voting for the much-awaited Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) election began at 7 AM on Sunday. A total of 40.48 lakh electorates are eligible to vote in the KMC elections in 144 wards. At present, the KMC is ruled by the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC). Election has been delayed by around one and half years due to the COVID-19 pandemic even as the term of the elected members of the KMC ended in May 2020. The election is expected to see a direct contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the ruling TMC. The other partcipants in the elections are the Congress and CPI (M), who also campaigned aggressively for the polls in a bid to revive their fortunes after the assembly elections debacle.
A five-judge larger bench of the Calcutta High Court is hearing the bail plea of three Trinamool Congress (TMC) lawmakers including two West Bengal Ministers and a former Kolkata Mayor in the Narada case. The CBI had arrested the four accused on May 17. Earlier, the Division Bench of the high court had ordered the house arrest of the four veteran politicians. Though the CBI had filed a petition against the house arrests in the Supreme Court, the top court had passed a scathing remark on the probe agency forcing it to withdraw the plea.
The Calcutta High Court is on Wednesday hearing four arrested West Bengal politicians' plea seeking a review of the stay order put on their bail granted by a lower court. West Bengal Ministers Firhad Hakim, Subrata Mukherjee, MLA Madan Mitra, all belonging to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), and former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the Narada sting operation on Monday morning. Though a special CBI court granted bail to all four, in a dramatic turnaround, the high court put a stay on the bail on Monday night.