The 65-year-old politician filed his nomination papers before the Returning Officer here.

Bansal was accompanied by his wife Madhu, son Manish, City Mayor H C Kalyan, some Congress councillors and a few supporters when he reached the office of Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer here.

Speaking to reporters later, Bansal thanked Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and members of the party's Central Election Committee for reposing faith in him and re-nominating him from Chandigarh.

He also thanked the people of Chandigarh for their continued support.

Taking to mediapersons earlier on Sunday, Bansal had hit out at his detractors, who questioned his renomination from Chandigarh over the cash-for-post scam issue, claiming he was a victim of conspiracy and had suffered despite there has been no evidence against him.

Bansal is pitted against three prominent women candidates in Chandigarh-- former Miss India and AAP candidate Gul Panag, BJP's actress-turned-politician Kirron Kher and BSP's Jannat Jahan.

Bansal had to resign from the Union Cabinet in the wake of Rs ten crore cash-for-post bribery scam allegedly involving his nephew Vijay Singla and nine others when the Congress leader was holding the Railways portfolio.

(Agencies)

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