New Delhi: On the last day of the nominations for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) as many as 1785 candidates from different political parties along with the Independents submitted their nomination papers. In a first-of-its kind, nominations in such a large number have been filed in a single day.

Interestingly, within last six months only 805 candidates had filed their papers. Candidates who are going to fight the electoral battle submitted their nominations from 68 centres. Till late Monday night the accumulation of data was in process at state Election Commission office.

The nomination process started at 11 am on Monday. Owing to delay in the declaration of candidates’ list by major stake hold parties caused a huge rush outside the offices of Returning Officers right from eight in the morning.  Candidates to contest for MCD polls were seen standing in queues to submit their papers. Considering the heavy rush, Returning Officers distributed tokens to maintain the queue. The process continued till late evening.

To motivate the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers, former Mayor Aarti Mehra marked her presence; whereas Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken along with Social Welfare Minister Kiran Walia reached nomination centres to boost the confidence of Congress workers.

A large number of nominations were filed from Deputy Commissioner’s Office in Geeta Colony, Nandnagari and Seelampur. Leader of the Opposition in state assembly Jai Kishan Sharma filed his nomination at the office of Returning Officer in Institute of Liver and Biliary at Vasantkunj and the president of the MCD standing committee submitted his papers at Deputy Commissioner’s office at Daryaganj.