Adarsh scam tainted Ashok Chavan, former Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, ace shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore and BJP rebel Lal Muni Choubey were among candidates who entered the poll fray today as nominations closed for 127 seats in fourth and fifth phases of Lok Sabha poll.
Battlelines were drawn in Delhi, Haryana and Kerala, as deadline ended for withdrawal of candidature for altogether 37 seats in the three states and 56 other constituencies which will go to polls in the second and third phases.
Chavan, who had stepped down as Maharashtra Chief Minister in 2010 after his name cropped up in the Adarsh Housing scam, filed nomination papers from Nanded Lok Sabha constituency on the last day.
HD Kumaraswamy, son of JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda, filed nomination papers to take on Union Minister M Veerappa Moily from Chikkaballapur while senior Congress leader Janardhana Poojary entered the fray from Dakshina Kannada constituency in Karnataka for the April 17 poll (fifth phase) in all 28 seats in the state.
Former minister B Sriramulu, a one-time close associate of mining baron Janardhana Reddy, now in jail in Andhra Pradesh in an illegal mining case, entered the arena from Bellary Lok Sabha constituency.
Raising the banner of revolt, senior BJP leader Lal Muni Choubey filed his nomination as an Independent for the Buxar Lok Sabha seat after being denied a ticket. His entry could spell trouble for BJP which has fielded former Bihar minister Ashwani Choubey from the Buxar seat.
A total of 143 candidates, including shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (BJP) from Jaipur-Rural LS seat and Union Minister Chandresh K Katoch from Jodhpur filed their nomination papers in Rajasthan. Scrutiny of papers will be taken up tomorrow for the fourth and fifth phases. March 29 is the last date for withdrawal of nominations.
In Haryana, where election will be held for all 10 seats on April 10, 230 candidates were left in the fray as deadline ended for withdrawal of candidature.