Hyderabad: Ahead of Telangana Assembly polls, 1,821 candidates are left in the fray for 119 constituencies, the state Election Commission (EC) said on Monday. The EC came out with the official figure after the withdrawal of nominations ended on November 22.

According to official reports, 1,762 nominations were either rejected or withdrawn. Election officials had said that the final number of candidates left in the fray would be known after receipt of information from the constituencies.

Malkajgiri segment leads with 42 contestants including independents followed by 35 each in Uppal and LB Nagar constituencies.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which is going it alone, has fielded candidates in all the 119 Assembly segments. The Congress, which is leading the 'mighty alliance', has fielded 99 candidates while its other partners Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and CPU have fielded 13 and three respectively.

Its other ally, Telangana Jana Samithi has given 'B-Forms' for eight candidates. B-Form for elections is proof that a particular candidate is put up by a political party. According to the original seat-sharing agreement, the Congress was supposed to contest in 94 seats, TDP (14) CPI (3) and TJS eight.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded 118 candidates. Telangana’s caretaker chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is seeking re-election from Gajwel constituency.

Telangana Congress president Uttam Kumar Reddy is contesting from Huzurnagar, while BJP Telangana chief K Laxman is contesting from Musheerabad.

CPI's Telangana unit secretary Chada Venkat Reddy is contesting from Husnabad.

Elections will be on December 7 and counting of votes will be on December 11.


With PTI inputs