Congress President Sonia Gandhi, 2G scam tainted A Raja of DMK and two Union Ministers were among candidates who filed nominations today for the sixth and seventh phases of Lok Sabha elections.
Gandhi entered the fray from from Rae Bareli on the first day of filing of nominations for the April 30 election in seventh phase.
Actor-filmmaker Mahesh Manjrekar, who is the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) candidate from the Mumbai North West Lok Sabha seat, was among six nominees who filed their nomination in Mumbai.
Union Ministers and Congress candidates Namanarayan Meena from Dausa and Jitendra Singh from Alwar were among 18 candidates who entered the fray in Rajasthan where five seats will go to polls on April 24.
Meena's younger brother and BJP candidate H C Meena and sitting MLA Dr Kirori Lal Meena also filed their nominations from Dausa.
Former Telecom Minister Raja, seeking a re-election from the Nilgiris (SC) constituency, was among 120 candidates who filed papers for the April 24 Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu, taking the total number of nominations so far to 318.
Former Lok Sabha MP M Ramadass was among four candidates who filed nominations for lone Lok Sabha in Puducherry. Aam Aadmi Party nominee V Rangarajan, S Krishnamoorthy of Bahujan Samaj party and an Independent candidate also filed their papers, taking the total number of nominations to seven.
Other prominent candidates who entered the poll fray in Tamil Nadu included BJP state unit President Pon Radhakrishnan from Kanyakumari, former Union Minister and Congress leader EVKS Elangovan from Tiruppur seat.
In Jammu and Kashmir, NC sitting MP Mehboob Beg filed his nomination from Anantnag.
The filing of nomination will continue till April 5 for the sixth phase and April 9 for the next phase.