Bengaluru: A total of 248 candidates including those belonging to the ruling BJP, Congress and the JD(S) have filed their nominations for the December 5 by-polls to 15 assembly constituencies in Karnataka. The scrutiny of these nominations would take place on Tuesday, a poll official said.

A total of 353 nominations have been filed by the candidates, said poll officers. According to data shared by the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Karnataka, 152 candidates had filed 237 nominations on Monday alone, the last date to do so.

Among the total 248 candidates who have filed nominations till Monday, 56 are from national parties, 17 from state parties, 47 from registered unrecognised parties, and 128 are independents. While the highest - 28 candidates have filed their nominations from Shivajinagar constituency, followed by Hoskote with 27 candidates, Krishnarajpet has at least 8 candidates who have filed their nominations.

While the scrutiny of nominations would take place on Tuesday, the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is November 21. The counting of votes will take place on December 9.

The by-polls were necessitated after the resignation and absence of 17 Congress and JD(S) MLAs, which led to toppling of HD Kumaraswamy led coalition government and paved way for the BJP to come to power.

17 legislators were subsequently disqualified by the then Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. However, the Supreme Court that heard MLAs' petition challenging the disqualification last week allowed them to contest the by-elections.

Winning majority seats is crucial for the government's survival and hence the BJP has fielded 13 disqualified legislators as party candidates from their respective constituencies.