After Scrutiny 372 Candidates Left In The Fray For Himachal Elections

Shimla:After scrutiny as many as 372 candidates were left in the fray for the electoral contest to the 65 assembly seats that go to the polls on 19th December. On scrutiny, the election returning officers rejected papers of 63 candidates. In all 435 candidates had filed papers by 30th November, when nominations closed.

For the Gangat assembly segment, the papers of the congress candidate Kishan Kumar were rejected where as that of Bodh Raj, who was initially allotted the congress ticket were held valid.

The BJP, Congress and BSP have put up candidates for all 65 seats. Other parties who have put up candidates in some seats include Lok Jan Shakti Party (LPJ), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bhartiya Bhaujan Party (BBP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Bharatiya Chetnya Party, Rashtriya Garib Dal, CPI and CPI(M). Several independents are in the fray on many seats.

The highest number of candidates intending to contest the elections from a particular seat were 11 for the Arki and Naudanata assembly segments.

The last date of withdrawal is 3rd December and the polling is to be held on 19th December. Counting of all the 68 assembly segments which include the three assembly seats that went to the polls on 14th November would be held on 28th December.

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  1. says: NITYIN

    The political news are making headlines everywhere these days. Thankfully this whole election tamasha will be over by the 19th and we can look forward to the end of this election frenzy. Isn’t the media giving too much coverage to the politicians. I know this is once in a 5 year opportunity but then there is too much happening in other than the political sphere which is getting sidelined.

    Who ever wins is not going to make my or your life easier and will do what they do best.. and we know it all. Let’s not give these s**undrels too much coverage.

  2. says: Ravinder Makhaik

    @ NITYIN

    You make a valid point that much else is happening other than politics, which is getting overlooked.

    At the same time you do concede that elections are held once in a 5 year period.

    We are giving coverage of elections priority because the set of people who will be enfranchised after polling will govern and administer the state for the next five years.

    For one a fair and transparent coverage of the election process helps create awareness about what all is being debated and also does give you and me a voice to be heard.

    The reports presented on this site also become part of record which you can refer, should a politician be found lacking in his commitments which he is making today to garner votes.

    The whole process reminds me of a saying by Hollywood actor turned politician Arnold Swarchenegger,—– “I’m not into politics, I am in for survival.”

    We may like or dislike the politicians or the electoral process, but we simply cannot wish it away.

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