Officials said that the prime minister’s four sets of nomination papers, which were endorsed by 40 legislators, were found in order. Manmohan Singh had filed a fresh affirmation two days before the analysis, correcting his age in his nomination papers as 80 years and not 82, officials said.
Santius Kujur, the Congress party’s second candidate, and All India United Democratic Front’s (AIUDF’s) Aminul Islam are also in the battle, officials said. The prime minister will triumph the May 30 Rajya Sabha election, said a Congress leader.
The nomination papers of the three contestants were found valid on the day of inspection on May 21 and no nominations were withdrawn Thursday, the last day for withdrawal, officials added.
Polling will be held on May 30. Votes would be counted the same day. The election process will be finished before June 3 as per the Election Commission’s May 13 notification.