Shimla, Dec 3 (UNI) As many as 333 candidates were left in the fray for 65 assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh after the withdrawal of nominations by 38 candidates and rejection of nomination of Congress candidate from Gangath (reserve) constituency.
The BJP and BSP have fielded candidates from all 65 seats while the Congress was contesting one seat less due to rejection of nomination of its candidate on one seat.
Prominent among those who withdrew nominations today, included former Shimla Mayor and Congress rebel Adarsh Stood and former Congress Minister Kashmir Singh from Ghumarwin.
Fourteen candidates withdraw nominations in Kangra District followed by five each in Mandi and Bilaspur Districts, while there was no withdrawal of nomination fom Kullu district.
Of the 38 candidates who withdrew from the contest, 32 were independents and six other belonged to smaller parties.
The polling would be held simultaneously in all 65 constituencies in the second phase on December 19 and counting of votes would be taken up on December 28.
The polling for the three tribal assembly constituencies was held on November 14 last in the first phase.