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.