A total of 147 candidates were in fray after scrutiny of nomination papers on Saturday for the nine Lok Sabha seats in Punjab, polling for which will be held in the last phase of elections on May 13. On the last day of filing of nominations for the nine seats on Friday, 191 candidates were left in fray while papers of some Independent candidates were rejected on technical grounds.
After the scrutiny of papers, Ludhiana seat, from where Congress' spokesman Manish Tewari is up against SAD's Gurcharan Singh Galib, is having highest number of 33 candidates in the fray. The lowest number of contestants in fray are from Fatehgarh Sahib constituency, a spokesman of the Election Department said in Chandigarh.
After the scrutiny, 15 candidates were in fray from Gurdaspur, 16 from Amritsar, 15 from Khadoor Sahib, 15 from Jalandhar, 12 from Hoshiarpur, 15 from Anandpur Sahib and 15 from Faridkot. Meanwhile, from lone parliamentary constituency of Chandigarh, a total of 15 candidates were in fray after the scrutiny of papers on Saturday. The candidates can withdraw from the polls till April 27.