845 candidates in fray in TN for elections

A total of 845 candidates are in the fray for the four-cornered April 18th Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu, following withdrawal of nominations on Friday. Further, according to Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Satyabrata Sahoo, 269 candidates are contesting the bypolls to 18 Assembly seats, which will also be held simultaneously. On Thursday, nominations were scrutinised and a few incomplete ones were rejected. After the final list is announced, the poll symbols for independents will be announced.

According to the ECI data, Tamil Nadu still remained at the top spot in the total value of restricted items seized in the run up to the elections as on Friday worth Rs 153.32 crore apart from Gujarat, which saw drugs worth Rs 500 crore seized. Friday is the last day for withdrawal of nominations. The vote in these seats is scheduled for April 18. Speaking to reporters, CEO Satyabrata Sahoo said of the 1,587 nominations received, 932 were found in order and 655 were rejected on scrutiny.