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875 candidates to try luck in Delhi polls

delhi Updated: Nov 15, 2008 15:34 IST
875 candidates to try luck in Delhi polls

A total of 875 candidates are in the fray for the Delhi Assembly elections which will witness a keen electoral tussle between ruling Congress and opposition BJP.

There is an increase of 58 candidates this year compared to 817 aspirants in the 2003 Assembly polls.

With 211 candidates opting out of the race, a state election commission official said, there is 875 candidates in the fray.

A total of 1,086 nominations were found valid and the majority of aspirants who withdrew from the race were covering candidates of political parties.

Congress is contesting 70 seats while BJP on 69, which includes three candidates of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) fighting on the saffron party's symbol. The SAD is fighting on one seat in its own symbol.

BSP, which is tipped to play a "spoiler" in the polls, is also contesting all seats.

The campaigning for the November 29 polls is set to pick up with the electoral picture becoming clear.

Congress is hoping for an unprecedented third consecutive term in power in the capital while BJP is trying to overthrow the ten-year old Congress rule.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and BJP Chief Ministerial candidate VK Malhotra have already began their campaign in their own constituencies as well as that of their party candidates.

Bigwigs like party chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi are expected to campaign for their party in the last week of November.