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MP elections: Crisis of contestants hits Harsood

After withdrawal of nominations on Nov 17, while Harsood has only 2 contestants left, Lahar, with 27, has largest number of candidates in the fray.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2003 23:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

The reserved (Scheduled Tribes) constituency of 191-Harsood may be non-descript backwaters of Nimar region except the occasional shots at fame like its possible submergence in Indira Sagar Project (ISP) and construction of protection wall but it is in election time limelight because it has only two candidates in fray for the coming Vidhan Sabha polls.

After the withdrawal of nominations on November 17, a man and a woman are the only candidates contesting the seat. They represent the Congress and the BJP, the protagonists of the coming elections.

On the other hand, Lahar constituency of Bhind district, which is represented by Minister Dr Govind Singh at present, has the largest number of candidates in fray— 27. In keeping with the region's macho sensibilities perhaps, all are men.

By November 14, 3061 candidates had filed their nomination papers on 230 constituencies of the State. Of them, papers of 564 were rejected in scrutiny on November 15. On November 17, another 326 withdrew their nominations, leaving 2171 in the poll arena.

Maximum nominations were filed in Pichhor constituency of Shivpuri district where BJP chief ministerial candidate Uma Bharti's brother Swami Prasad Lodhi is contesting on a BJP ticket. However, with the largest number of nominations? 24 -- being rejected and 13 being withdrawn, only 16 remain in fray there.

The balloting units of electronic voting machines can have a maximum of 16 candidates on display. In the 13 constituencies of the State where the number of candidates is more, the EVMs will have two balloting units displaying all the candidates.

First Published: Nov 19, 2003 23:38 IST