THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The time for submission of nominations for contesting the elections from the 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State ends at 3 p.m. on Monday.
So far, 189 nominations have been submitted, including dummy candidates. More nominations are expected to be filed on Monday.
Apart from the candidates of the Left Democratic Front, the United Democratic Front and the Bharatiya Janata Party, Thiruvananthapuram, Wayanad and Pathanamthitta constituencies have candidates who are likely to corner a substantial chunk of votes. In Thiruvananthapuram, there are two such candidates - A. Neelalohitadasan Nadar (BSP) and M.P. Gangadharan (NCP).
NCP leader K. Muraleedharan has already filed his nomination from Wayanad constituency. Social activist Nallathambi Thera has also entered the fray as an independent. He is likely to get support mainly among the tribal population.
In Pathanamthitta, the NCP has fielded Mani C. Kappen who had contested against Kerala Congress (M) leader K.M. Mani from Pala in the last Assembly elections. K.K. Nair, who was one of those instrumental in the formation of the Pathanamthitta district, has entered the fray as BSP candidate. Mr. Nair has won several times from the Pathanamthitta Assembly segment as an independent and a Congress candidate.
The scrutiny of the nominations will take place on Tuesday. Nominations can be withdrawn until Thursday.