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Navjot Sidhu files nomination from Amritsar

Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu (BJP) was among 34 candidates who filed their nominations on Wednesday for the nine
Lok Sabha seats in Punjab going to the polls on May 13.

Other prominent candidates who filed their papers were Om Parkash Soni (Congress), bureaucrat-turned-politician Som Parkash (BJP) and Gurcharan Singh Ghalib of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, a turncoat who deserted the Congress ahead of the polls.

While Sidhu and Soni jumped the poll fray from Amritsar Lok Sabha seat, Som Parkash is trying his luck in Hoshiarpur (reserve) parliamentary constituency.

Ghalib, who quit the Congress ahead of polls and joined the SAD, filed his nomination papers for Ludhiana Lok Sabha seat.

With Wednesday’s nominations the total number of those entering the fray for the May 13 polls in the state has risen to 88, an election office spokesman said here.

The nine Lok Sabha seats going to polls in the second round of elections in the state are Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar (reserve), Hoshiarpur (reserve), Anandpur Sahib, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib (reserve) and Faridkot (reserve).

The last date for filing of nominations for the May 13 polling in the state is April 24 whereas April 27 is the last date for withdrawals.

April 23, 2009 Posted by | Election, News, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

L K Advani to file nomination from Gandhinagar today

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L K Advani will file his nomination papers from Gandhinagar constituency.

According to sources, L K Advani will be accompanied by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.

L K Advani will be seeking a fifth term from Gandhinagar after his victory from this constituency in 1991, 1998, 1999 and 2004.

His main rivals are Congress nominee Suresh Patel and noted danseuse Mallika Sarabhai, who is making her electoral debut as an Independent. Patel is Congress MLA from Kalol for the second time.

The Gujarat police have already made tight security arrangements in view of L K Advani’s visit.

The collectorate’s office has been turned into a virtual fortress in preparation for L K Advani’s nomination filing.

Intelligence agencies have warned of increased threats to L K Advani.

April 8, 2009 Posted by | Election, News, Politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment