As many as 95 candidates who had filed their nominations for the upcoming Mohali Municipal Corporation elections withdrew from the contest on Friday, leaving 189 candidates in fray for 50 wards. Today was the last day for withdrawal of candidatures.
The elections, which are to be held on February 22, will see a close contest between Congress, which has fielded candidates in 49 wards, and the SAD-BJP alliance, which is also up against one of its own factions led by Akali leader Kulwant Singh.
Due to infighting within SAD, Kulwant withdrew his nomination as a SAD candidate along with his sons on Wednesday and the faction is now contesting a total of 36 seats as independents.
Election officials said that four candidates had filed two nominations each while the nominations of 21 candidates were cancelled on Thursday during scrutiny. A total of 309 candidates had filed nominations initially.
The Aam Admi Party has decided not to fight the civic body elections in the state while the Akali Dal has fielded 33 candidates, leaving 17 wards for the BJP. There are a total of 1.27 lakh voters.
Meanwhile, a total of 1,005 nominations have been filed for elections to the five municipal councils and two nagar panchayats in the district which are to be held on February 25. The municipal councils include Zirakpur, Dera Bassi, Kharar, Kurali and Banur while the nagar panchayats include Naya Gaon and Lalru.
Additional Chief Electoral Officer Poonamdeep Kaur said that 784 of these nominations were filed on Friday, the last day for filing nominations. They will now be scrutinised on Saturday and the last day to withdraw nominations is Monday.