Kolkata, July 12 -- After being jolted by serial switchovers to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by legislators, councillors and rural body functionaries, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) appeared set to regain control of Kanchrapara municipality on Thursday, a day after it took back Halishahar municipality.

Both civic bodies are in Bijpur Assembly constituency, the home turf of Mukul Roy, a former TMC leader and once a close aide of the Bengal chief minister. His son, Subhranshu, is a member of the Kanchrapara civic body. Subhranshu won from Bijpur in 2011 and 2016 on a TMC ticket but switched to the BJP after the Lok Sabha election results were announced.

Over the last two days, 13 councillors who joined the BJP have returned...