Of the 2,970 nominations received, 339 were rejected, a Chief Election Office source said on Thursday.
    
Of the valid candidates, 206 candidates belong to ruling Congress, 203 to opposition BJP, 201 - BSP, 158 – National People's Party (NPP), 37 - CPM, 24 - CPI, 1331 independents and 556 others, he said.
    
The last date for withdrawal of nominations is November 16.

(Agencies)

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