Filing of nominations for Himachal polls begins

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Filing of nominations for Himachal polls begins

Monday, 22 April 2019 | PNS | Shimla

The filing of nominations for the four Lok Sabha seats in Himachal Pradesh, that go to polls on May 19, will start on Monday and continue till April 29.

The papers will be scrutinised on April 30. The last date of withdrawal of candidature is May 2.

The nominations would be filed in the office of returning officers in Shimla, Mandi, Hamirpur and Dharamsala towns from 11 am to 3 pm, excluding April 27 (Saturday) and April 28 (Sunday), said election officials.

The four constituencies have a total of 50,96,869 electors, including 25,84,183 men, 25,12,627 women and 59 third gender. There are 133,083 first-time voters but the number may increase further by April 29, when the EC clears 182,890 new applications.

Notably, Congress candidates in Himachal Pradesh will start filing nomination papers for the elections from April 23. Six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh along with former Union Minister Anand Sharma and AICC in-charge Rajni Patil will be present during the filing of nomination papers by all the four candidates.

Shimla candidate Dhani Ram Shandil will be filing his papers on April 23 while Mandi candidate Ashray Sharma and Hamirpur candidate Ram Lal Thakur will file their papers on April 25.

The Congress candidate from Kangra, Pawan Kajal, will be filing his papers on April 29.

In the Lok Sabha polls, Himachal Pradesh has traditionally favoured the party at the helm in the state, except for 2014, when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won all the four seats.

 In 2009, the BJP, which was then in power in the state, won three of the four Lok Sabha seats.

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