960 candidates in fray for UP polls phase I

960 candidates are left in the fray for 55 Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats going to polls in the first phase after rejection of 57 nominations.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2012, 22:42 PM IST

Lucknow: 960 candidates are left in the
fray for 55 Uttar Pradesh Assembly seats going to polls in the
first phase on February 8 after rejection of 57 nominations
on Friday.

"A total of 1,017 nominations were filed for the first
phase of polling of which 57 were rejected," Chief Electoral
Officer Umesh Sinha said here.

Prominent among those whose nomination papers were
rejected are Indusen of SP and Sadiya Khatun of BSP, who filed
their papers for Bikapur seat in Faizabad.

Nominations of Jamuna of BSP for Rudauli seat and Ramesh
Chakravarti of BJP for Mahadewa were also rejected.
Meanwhile, for the second phase of polls 219 nominations
were filed today, taking the total number of nominations to
505, poll officials said.

Prominent candidates included sitting BJP MLA Radha Mohan
Das for Gorakhpur Urban, cabinet minister in the Mayawati
government Swami Prasad Maurya for Padrauna and Bachcha Pathak
of Congress for Bansdih.

PTI