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Independents may queer the pitch

The last day of nominations saw several independents and rebels file their nominations, which could queer the pitch in the Uttarakhand assembly elections.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2012 15:14 IST
HT Correspondent

The last day of nominations saw several independents and rebels file their nominations, which could queer the pitch in the Uttarakhand assembly elections. Congress general secretary Virendra Bisht joined the list of high profile rebels of the Congress who might cause problems for the party.

Already former animal husbandry minister and senior Congress leader Mantri Prasad Naithani has filed nomination from the Devprayag seat as an independent candidate.

Former IAS officer Sundar Lal Muyal filed nomination from the Rajpur seat on the symbol of the Congress party. It is noteworthy to mention that Rajkumar has already filed nomination from the Congress for this seat. The Congress high command has instructed Muyal to file another nomination so that he can contest on the seat if Raj Kumar’s nomination is rejected in scrutiny as he is alleged to have used the caste certificate of another person.

Congress had its share of rebels today with NSUI leader Pankaj Chhetri filing nomination from the Raipur seat in Dehradun and Arun Valmiki filing nomination from the Rajpur reserved seat. The Rajpur seat also saw another Congress rebel Jai Singh file nominations.

The other Congress rebels include Manish Nagpal and SP Singh on the Doiwala seat. The Haridwar seat also has a formidable Congress rebel in Ambrish Kumar.

The BJP, too, has its share of rebels and MLA from the Badrinath seat Kedar Singh Phonia has already filed nomination from the Raksha Morcha.

Interestingly, the personal relations officer of Speaker Harbans Kapoor, Rajendra Pant resigned from his service and has filed nomination from the Dehradun Cantt seat against Kapoor. Pant has made his intentions clear that he wants to expose the corruption rampant in politics. It is noteworthy to mention that nominations began on January 5 in the state and the last day of nominations was January 12. Scrutiny would be held on January 13, while the last date of withdrawal of candidature is January 16. The state of Uttarakhand would go to polls on January 30.