Fourteen candidates have filed nominations papers for the Udhampur-Doda-Kathua Parliamentary constituency till Tuesday, the last date for filing them.
Since morning candidates and their supporters thronged the deputy commissioner officer, Kathua Rohit Khajuria who is also the Returning Officer for Udhampur seat.
Ten candidates including former minister Choudhary Lal Singh and Harsh Dev Singh among eight others filed papers.
“BJP’s rebel and former member parliament from the constituency, Choudhary Lal Singh filed papers from his newly launched Dogra Swabhimaan Sangathan Party, while former minister Harsh Dev Singh filed papers as nominee of Jammu Kashmir National Panther Party,” officials said.
Eight other candidates including some independents also filed papers.
Earlier, Union minister of state Jitendra Singh, who is seeking second term submitted papers as BJP candidate, son of veteran Congress leader Karan Singh and scion of royal Dogra family, Vikramaditya Singh submitted his nomination as Congress candidate, Retd Chief Engineer Tilak Raj Bhagat filed nominations as Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
As per a notification, scrutiny of papers would be conducted on March 27 and the last date of withdrawal of candidature is March 29 up to 3.00 pm. The polling on seat will be held in second phase on April 18.
Meanwhile, the scrutiny of nominations was held for the first phase in which Jammu-Poonch seat will go to polls on April 11.
As per officials, after scrutiny of all 39 nominations, 25 were found valid.
“Some nominations are not in proper format, few were submitted by covering candidates and double nominations were taken off,” officials said, adding, so far 25 candidates have remained in fray, while last date of withdrawal of candidature is March 28.
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