Trinamool Congress surged ahead in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls as counting of votes for the crucial battle for 81 municipalities, seen as the semi-final before next year's Assembly election was taken up on Wednesday.
In the 141-ward prestigious KMC, the Trinamool Congress was leading in 85 wards while the Left Front was ahead in 46 out of the 141 constituencies.
Congress, which fought the polls without any seat adjustment with the Trinamool Congress, was way behind with a lead only in seven seats while others led in three.
In another prestigious municipality Bidhannagar (Salt Lake) adjoining Kolkata, the Trinamool Congress was well ahead of the Left Front leading in 18 out of a total 25 wards.
Left Front was leading in seven wards.
At present, the Left Front is in power in both the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the Bidhannagar municipalities.