Opposition leader, Ministers file nominations for second phase polls
Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 5 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition in Kerala Assembly and CPI(M) Politburo member V S Achutanandan, Ministers Aryadan Mohammed, Kutty Ahamed Kutty, E T Mohammed Basheer, M K Muneer and A Sujanapal were among the 132 candidates who filed their nominations for the second phase of Assembly polls on April 29.
Mr Achutanandan filed his papers from Malampuzha and Mr Mohammed (Cong) from Nilambur, Election Commission sources said.
While Mr Kutty Ahamed Kutty (IUML) filed his papers from Tirurangadi, his party colleague Basheer gave his nominations from Tirur.
Dr Muneer of the IUML filed his papers from Mankada and Mr Sujanapal (Cong) from Kozhikode 1.
CITU national secretary M M Lawrence from Ernakulam and CPI state Assistant Secretary K E Ismail from Pattambi were the other prominent candidates who filed their nomination papers.
April 7 is the last day for filing nominations for the second phase. In second phase, 66 constituencies in Kozhikode, Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur and Ernakulam districts would go to the polls.
The elections in the state are held in three phases and the notification for the final phase of polls was issued today.
In the first phase of polls, 536 candidates were left in the fray for the 59 constituencies in the six southern districts, the scrutiny of which was taken up today. A total of 76 nominations were rejected, the sources said.
The third phase on May 3 would involve only 15 constituencies in the northern districts of Kannur and Kasaragod.
The counting of votes would take place on May 11.