Following the release of the final list of the candidates Monday,
it is now confirmed that a total of
471 candidates will contest on April 15 for the 80-member
Municipal Corporation in Malegaon.
According to the sources in the
respective parties, Congress party has fielded 65 candidates, Janata Dal (Secular)
has fielded 58, the Third Front has fielded 56 whereas
54 candidates are contesting on the Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) tickets.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) sources says that the party is contesting for 36 seats.
In the run-up to elections, the SP surprised its rivals by giving
party ticket to three blast accused,
Shiv-Sena (SS) MLA Dada Bhuse says that the party is contesting
the elections in an alliance with the Republican Party of India (RPI).
He says that the alliance together is contesting on 26 seats – Shiv-Sena (SS) on 24 seats and RPI on the remaining two
Among other parties in the fray are the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP),
which is contesting on 24 seats and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which has
decided to contest on 25 seats.
Rest all candidates are either from
newly formed parties and groups or are contesting as independents.
Meanwhile, local Congress president Asif Shaikh Rasheed says that
the Congress party, along with 65 seats the party is contesting on
its own, has also decided to extend support to five independent
Likewise, Janata Dal (Secular) party
sources say that the party too has decided to
support two independents.
Earlier, the eight election commission offices had received a
total of 1078 nomination forms from 636 candidates. After
scrutiny, nomination papers of 17 candidates were rejected due to
various reasons. Consequently, nomination papers of 618 candidates
were found to be correct.
Out of the 618 candidates
whose nomination papers were found correct after scrutiny, 147
candidates decided to withdraw from the elections till 03:00 PM on
March 30, the deadline to do the same.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai High Court on
Monday rejected the petition filed by Dr Salman Farsi, one of the
blast accused who had filed the nomination paper to contest the
elections. Following the rejection of his papers by the local
election officer Dr Salman had approached the Mumbai High Court.