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Tuesday April 03, 2012 03:07:16 PM, Staff Reporter

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Malegaon: 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 seats.   

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 candidates.


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.



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