The polls are a high stake battle for the BJP as it faces the challenge of matching its own impressive performance in the assembly elections last year in which it had won 57 of 70 seats to sweep to power.
Besides, the SEC has also said parties in power or in a ruling combine in the local bodies would have to publish an annual report regarding fulfilment of promises made in their election manifesto. If they fail to publish the report for two consecutive years, their registration would be cancelled.
The results came as a big setback for the Sena, which was hoping to win between 45 and 54 seats. The Sena had started preparations for the polls months ago with the induction of sitting corporators and leaders from the Congress, NCP and BJP.
The petitioner said he was aggrieved over the indefinite extension of term of special officers "by frequent passing of ordinances and government orders" and sought a direction to the state government and the SEC to hold local body polls within a time frame as may be fixed by the court.