Money, liquor, freebies: Tamil Nadu tops the listing, says election panel


Today News Online Service

New Delhi, April 16

The Election Commission today said it had made a record seizure of cash, liquor, freebies and other inducements, crossing the figure of Rs 1,000 crore during these polls, with the maximum seizure of Rs 446.28 crore reported from Tamil Nadu. According to an official statement issued by the poll panel, the seizure included cash, liquor, drugs, freebies and precious metals.

Tamil Nadu, where political parties offer cash and inducements to voters, topped the list. It was followed by West Bengal, where the enforcement agencies have made seizures to the tune of Rs 300.11 crore, it said. Seizures worth Rs 122.35 crore were made in Assam, while Kerala fared the best among the states, reporting seizure to the tune of only Rs 84.91 crore. In Puducherry, the authorities made seizures worth Rs 36.95 crore, the poll panel said.

The total amount of seizure across the four states and Puducherry is a record Rs 1,001.44 crore, which is a huge jump from the Rs 225.77 crore worth of seizure made in the states during the 2016 assembly elections. “The stupendous rise in seizure figures is because of better preparedness and multi-pronged strategy of the commission. The EC conducted exhaustive reviews at various levels,” the EC statement read.

The EC had deployed five special expenditure observers and 321 expenditure observers for close monitoring. As many as 259 assembly seats were marked as Expenditure Sensitive Constituencies for a more focused vigil, it said.

In bengal, Rs 300.11 crore seized

  • Tamil Nadu, where political parties offer cash and inducements to voters, topped the list.
  • It was followed by West Bengal, where the enforcement agencies have made seizures to the tune of Rs300.11 crore, it said.
  • Seizures worth Rs122.35 crore were made in Assam, while Kerala fared the best among the states, reporting seizure to the tune of only Rs84.91 crore. In Puducherry, Rs36.95 crore was recovered.



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