Gandhinagar, Apr 5 UNI | 4 months ago

A total of 63 candidates, including BJP veteran L K Advani and Congress' Vadodara candidate Madhusudan Mistry, today filed their nomination papers from Gujarat for the coming general elections.

The Election Commission said 20 candidates also filed their nominations for the by-polls to seven Assembly seats in the state.

Mr Advani filed his nomination papers from Gandhinagar LS seat in presence of Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.

Mr Advani, accompanied by Mr Modi, BJP Gujarat in-charge Om Mathur, party state unit president R C Faldu and other senior leaders, filed his nomination papers at around 1300 hours this afternoon.

Mr Mistry filed his nomination papers from Vadodara, where he will contesting against Mr Modi.

Mr Mistry was accompanied by Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee chief Arjun Modhwadia and Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela.

The Election Commission said out of 63 candidates, who filed their nominations today, included five from the BJP, six from the Congress, seven from the Aam Aadmi Party, 14 from the BSP and 21 Independents.

The Election Commission said a total of 98 candidates have filed their nominations till today for the Lok Sabha polls.

It said a total of 28 candidates have filed nominations for the Assembly by-polls.

Nominations will not be filed tomorrow and on Tuesday due to holidays on Sunday and Ram Navmi, respectively.

Gujarat will go to single phase polls on April 30 for 26 Lok Sabha seats. Voting for assembly by-polls will also take place same day.

Last date for filing of nomination is April 9. Scrutiny of nominations will be done on April 10. Last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 12.

Counting of votes will be held on May 16.

(Posted on 06-04-2014)