As many as 900 candidates are trying their luck in the upcoming Delhi Assembly poll which is slated to be held on December 4 after withdrawal of nominations ended on Wednesday.
Nominations of 900 candidates were accepted while 210 papers were rejected after scrutiny. The rejections were due to faults in their applications.
The last date for withdrawal of nominations is November 20, said Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev.
In the three-cornered Assembly election, Delhi Chief Minster Sheila Dikshit (New Delhi), BJP’s nominee for top post Harsh Vardhan (Krishna Nagar) and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal (New Delhi) are in the fray.
The 900 candidates whose nominations have been accepted include 75 from AAP, 70 from Congress, 69 from BSP, 68 from BJP, 10 from CPI, nine from NCP and three from CPI(M).
Besides them, there are 296 independent candidates and 300 from other political parties. BJP has fielded candidates in 66 seats, leaving four to its ally SAD.
Candidates from Samajwadi party have filed candidates in 30 constituencies while NCP has filed nominations on 13 seats.
“In 2008 Assembly election, 1,134 candidates had filed their nominations, out of which 194 were rejected. Sixty-five candidates had withdrawn their nominations and 875 candidates had contested election,” said Dev.
The total number of contesting candidates in 2003 Assembly election was 817.
(With inputs from agencies)