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A total of 562 candidates pulled out from the frey on the last day of withdrawing nominations for the assembly elections in Rajasthan.
With this, 2,153 candidates including big names like CM Ashok Gehlot, state BJP chief Vasundhara Raje, assembly speaker Dipendra Singh Shekhawat, Congress state chief Chandrabhan and NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma are left in the contest for 200 assembly seats going to polls. Out of 2715 valid nominations, 562 candidates have withdrawn their names till this evening, the office of the Chief Electoral Officer said.
Congress and opposition BJP have fielded candidates on all 200 constituencies, whereas BSP is fighting on 197 seats, National People’s Party on 142, CPM 37 and CPI on 23 seats. 896 independents are also contesting the polls, an officer said. CM Ashok Gehlot will contest from Sardarpura seat in Jodhpur district.