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Of the 2,973 papers filed for phase II, 552 rejected

58 out of 368 nominations for LS seats also rejected

HYDERABAD: The nomination of Telugu Desam candidate from Kanigiri Assembly K. Babu Rao was rejected during scrutiny of nominations for the second phase of elections on Monday as his affidavit was found without his signature.

This was among the 552 nominations rejected out of the 2,973 nominations filed in the 140 constituencies of Phase II.

In the 20 Parliamentary constituencies of the second phase, 58 out of the 368 nominations too were rejected. Consequently, 2,731 candidates remained in the race, 2,421 of them for the Assembly. In an interesting turn of events, Praja Rajyam candidate in Kakinada Assembly constituency Ch. Sunil was asked by the Returning Officer to furnish passport as a proof that he is a person of Indian origin by 11 a.m. on Tuesday for accepting his nomination.

This followed complaints by other political parties that Mr. Sunil enjoyed citizenship rights in the UK as he lived there for long. Chief Electoral Officer I. V. Subba Rao clarified that dual citizenship was normal in several countries and it would be adequate if Mr. Sunil showed the passport.

Mr. Sunil sought a week’s time to furnish the documents, but if he showed these documents after the deadline, they would not be taken into consideration.

Paul’s papers rejected

The nomination of K. A. Paul, president, Praja Shanti, was rejected in Palacole Assembly constituency in East Godavari district on the ground that his name was not found in the electoral rolls. Veeranjaneyulu, TDP candidate in Unguturu Assembly constituency in the neighbouring East Godavari, suffered the same fate on the ground that he faced some criminal cases. The CEO, however, did not confirm the rejection of his papers.

The CEO said the scrutiny of papers in three cases in Kurnool district had been postponed to Tuesday as rival political parties brought some facts to light which required examination.

He said there were 81 Assembly constituencies and eight Parliamentary constituencies under the two phases, having more than 16 candidates as contestants each, requiring two electronic voting machines at each polling station in these constituencies .

The CEO, however, said there would not be any shortage of EVMs as the State had adequate number of these machines. Answering questions, the CEO said report had been sent to the EC about Y. Nagi Reddy, superintendent of police, East Godavari, and a decision was likely on his transfer on Tuesday.