Cuttack: Filing of nominations for Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) elections, to be held on February 6, ended on Saturday. As many as 399 nominations have been filed for 59 wards of CMC. Amidst a lot of fanfare, candidates from different parties filed their nominations for the corporation elections. While some filed their papers amidst beating of drums, others preferred to keep it simple. On the last day of filing of nominations for the corporation election, the CMC received 170 nominations from those belonging to various parties as well as Independent candidates. The party-wise details of the nominations filed today are as follows:

BJD — 29
BJP — 15
Congress — 6
CPI(M) –1
OJM — 15
BSP –2
Utkal Bharat –2
Biju Swabhiman Dal — 7
Independent — 93

The CMC polls have been much talked about in the public since Friday. Dissident activities in the ruling BJD party came to fore soon after tickets were distributed for the corporation polls yesterday. The house of local BJD legislator Pravat Ranjan Biswal was ransacked and his younger brother was assaulted by a group of women who had gathered in and around the house of the MLA to know whether a popular BJD worker of Ward No 42 was getting the party ticket for the CMC elections. Similarly, elsewhere in the city as many as six BJD leaders filed nomination papers on Friday as independent candidates after they were denied party tickets. Meanwhile, total 156 nominations have been filed for 28 wards of Baripada Municipality, which is also going for polls on February 6. BJD and BJP fielded their candidates in all the 28 wards of the civic body whereas 13 candidates filed nominations with the Congress party ticket.

With a decision to support Independent candidates in 6 wards, JMM fielded only 10 candidates for the municipality polls. As per notification of the State Election Commission (SEC), scrutiny of the papers would be held on January 20. The date of withdrawal of the nominations is January 24 and the final list of candidates would be published on the same day.

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