GUWAHATI, March 27 - Altogether 56 candidates remain in fray in the five Lok Sabha constituencies of the State that will go to the polls in the second phase on April 18.
Scrutiny of nomination papers of candidates for the five constituencies � Silchar, Karimganj, Autonomous District (Diphu), Nagaon and Mangaldai � was carried out today. Nominations of four candidates were rejected after scrutiny, while 56 nominations were found valid.
A total of 60 candidates had filed nominations for the five seats.
All 19 nominations filed for the Karimganj constituency and all 14 nominations filed for the Silchar constituency were found valid.
In the Mangaldai constituency, two out of the 13 nominations were rejected after scrutiny, while 11 nominations were found valid. The candidates whose nominations for the Mangaldai seat were rejected are Ratul Ahmed of Republican Party of India (A) and Bhupen Chandra Das of Purbanchal Janata Party (Secular).
For the Nagaon constituency, one out of the eight nominations was rejected, while seven were declared valid. The nomination of Golapi Saikia of Voter�s Party International (VPI) was rejected after scrutiny.
Similarly, the nomination of one candidate � Dewan Rongpi of National People�s Party � for the Autonomous District (Diphu) constituency was rejected, while those of five others were declared valid. Altogether six candidates had filed nominations for the Diphu seat.
After scrutiny of nominations today, 19 candidates remain in fray in Karimganj, 14 in Silchar, 11 in Mangaldai, seven in Nagaon and five in Diphu.
The last date for withdrawal of nominations for the constituencies going to the polls in the second phase is March 29.
Meanwhile, the nomination of Anil Borgohain of Congress for the Lakhimpur constituency, which will go to the polls in the first phase on April 11, has been declared as valid.
The scrutiny of Borgohain's nomination had been 'adjourned' for technical reasons till today.
A total of 43 candidates remain in fray in the five seats going to the polls in the first phase on April 11. Among them, 12 candidates remain in fray for the Lakhimpur constituency, eight candidates each for Tezpur, Jorhat and Dibrugarh constituencies, and seven candidates remain in fray for the Kaliabor constituency.