Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Mar 27:
In the first phase there are 98 candidates who are contesting from 10 Lok Sabha constituencies.
While no Lok Sabha candidate has withdrawn from the race, two nominations for the Berhampur Lok Sabha seat were rejected during scrutiny.
While 793 nomination papers were filed for 70 Assembly constituencies, 716 nominations were found valid.
Of these 48 candidates have withdrawn their nominations.
While no nomination was rejected across 26 constituencies, Patnagarh constituency accounted for the highest – eight- number of rejected nominations.