875 in fray for Delhi seats; max 25 in New Delhi, 3 in Ghonda

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New Delhi, Nov 15 (UNI) A total of 875 candidates are in fray for 70 seats of the Delhi Legislative Assembly that goes to polls on November 29, after scrutiny and withdrawal of nomination papers today.

The New Delhi Assembly segment has the highest number of candidates at 25 and Ghonda lowest with just three candidates.

Out of the 1,086 nominations filed for the 70 assembly seats after nominations closed on November 11, 875 remained after scrutiny and withdrawal of the papers filed by the various nominees, the Delhi electoral office said.

Of the 1,086 papers filed by November 11, 937 were found valid during scrutiny.

On the last day of withdrawal of candidatures yesterday, 62 contestants withdrew, leaving 875 in fray for 70 assembly seats.

Of the 875 in the fray, the highest number 105 each are in north east and north districts, while the lowest 80 are in south district.

New Delhi constituency has Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit pitted against BJP leader Vijay Jolly.

Apart from Ms Dikshit and Mr Jolly, the New Delhi assembly segment will have Bahujan Samaj Party's Rajiv Singh and Samajwadi Party's Om Prakash, who will test their fortunes. Also in fray from the seat are nine women.

The Ghonda assembly seat will witness a three cornered contest among Bheeshma Sharma of the Congress, Saheb Singh Chauhan of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Rohtash Kumar of the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Eleven candidates are in the fray from Greater Kailash assembly seat, where BJP chief Ministerial candidate Vijay Kumar Malhotra is locked in a contest with former MCD councillor Jitender Kumar Kocchar. Also in fray from the seat are Rajinder Kumar Gupta of the BSP and Neelam Saxena of the Samajwadi Party.

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