New Delhi: A total of 693 candidates remained in the the fray for the February 7 Delhi Assembly polls after the Election Commission cancelled nomination of 230 candidates during the scrutiny of papers today.
The last date of withdrawal of nomination is January 24. According to the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer's office, a maximum of 18 candidates are in the fray from the Burari constituency in North Delhi while the Ambedkar Nagar seat in South Delhi has the lowest number of nominees at four.
Nomination papers of all senior leaders including AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, BJP's chief ministerial nominee Kiran Bedi and Congress's Ajay Maken were found valid. The Krishna Nagar constituency from where Bedi is contesting has nine candidates while 13 candidates are in the fray in New Delhi from where Kejriwal is seeking re-election. Nominations of as many as 10 candidates from New Delhi seat were cancelled.
Another high-profile constituency Sadar Bazar, from where Congress's Maken is contesting, has a total of 13 candidates. Nine candidates are in the fray in Greater Kailash seat from where Sarmishta Mukherjee, daughter of President Pranab Mukherjee, is fighting the polls.In North-West district, 73 candidates are in the fray for 10 Assembly seats after nomination papers of 24 candidates were rejected.
In New Delhi district, 73 candidates are in the fray after nomination papers of 23 candidates were rejected. According to officials, there are 90 candidates in South-West district while in East Delhi, 66 candidates are in the fray for 10 Assembly seats.
Besides, in South district, 69 candidates are in the fray for 10 seats while in Central district, 80 candidates are in the fray.