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251 to contest in Tripura assembly poll

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Agartala: A total of 251 candidates will be in the fray in the February 14 elections to pick a new 60-member Tripura assembly, officials said on February 1.

The contestants include independents as well as representatives of 16 political parties, including the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

Of the 251, 14 are women and 25 are independents. In 2008, 313 candidates, including 18 women, contested.

Altogether 296 candidates had filed nominations. Thirty nominations were rejected due to various reasons and 15 candidates withdrew their candidature, Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal told reporters here.