Four high-profile candidates, including two former chief ministers, today filed their nomination papers for three out of a total of five Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand.
Prominent among those who filed their nomination papers for the May 7 polling were former chief ministers B C Khanduri and Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank, ex-Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna's son, Saket, and daughter-in-law of the erstwhile Tehri royal family, Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah.
Saket Bahuguna and Shah filed their nomination papers on behalf of the Congress and the BJP, respectively for the high-profile Tehri Lok Sabha seat currently held by the saffron party while former BJP Chief Ministers Khanduri and Nishank filed their nominations from Pauri and Haridwar seats, respectively.
Shah had defeated Saket in the bypoll to Tehri seat in October 2012 by more than 22,000 votes.
Khanduri was accompanied by sitting Pauri MP and former Congress heavyweight Satpal Maharaj who recently defected to the BJP and state BJP chief Tirath Singh Rawat at the time of filing his nomination papers.
Later, Khanduri told reporters that he was confident of a victory with people looking desperately for change and with the added strength of Satpal Maharaj on his side.
Saket filed his nomination papers in the presence of Chief Minister Harish Rawat, his father Vijay Bahuguna and PCC president Yashpal Arya.
Addressing party workers later, the Chief Minister asked people to unite and defeat fascist forces.
His predecessor Vijay Bahuguna said the country is facing tough time and only Congress can meet the challenge.
Arya said the party had won all the five seats in the last election and the old record should be maintained.
22 candidates filed their nominations across the state today taking the total number of nominations filed so far to 52.