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Odisha polls : 766 in fray for 70 Assembly, 10 LS seats in phase 1

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, Mar 27:

After the withdrawal of 48 candidates, a total of 668 candidates are in the fray for the 70 Odisha Assembly constituencies going to polls in the first phase on April 10.POLL 2014

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While no Lok Sabha candidate has withdrawn from the race, two nominations for the Berhampur Lok Sabha seat were rejected during scrutiny.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Of these 48 candidates have withdrawn their nominations.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.