Union Minister KJ Alphons and sitting Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor were among the 32 candidates who filed their nominations on Monday for the April 23 Lok Sabha elections from Kerala. Alphons, the former IAS officer-turned politician, is the BJP candidate contesting from Ernakulam constituency. Also Read - THESE States in India Have Imposed Lockdown, Other Restrictions This Month

The Congress-UDF candidate from the constituency, Hibi Eden, also filed his papers. Also Read - Kerala Imposes Full Lockdown From May 8 Amid COVID Surge, Exempts Essential Services

Former union minister, Tharoor offered prayers at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple before filing his nomination. Also Read - UK Variant Dominant in North India, Double Mutant in Maharashtra, Gujarat; COVID Spreads Tentacles in Southern States | Highlights

Other UDF candidates who submitted their papers Monday are K Muraleedharan (Vatakara), T N Pratapan (Thrissur), Benny Behanan (Chalakudy), Kodikunnel Suresh (Mavelikkara), N K Premachandran (RSP-UDF) (Kollam), Adoor Prakash (Attingal), and Remya Haridas (Alathur).

LDF candidate Chittayam Gopakumar (CPI) (Mavelikkara) and BJP-NDA candidates Sabu Varghese (kollam), Unnikrishnan (Malappuram) and V T Rema (Ponnani) also filed their nominations.

According to officials, 84 candidates have filed their papers since March 28. The last date for filing nominations is April 4.