EC makes record seizure worth over Rs 1000 crore in
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New Delhi: Total seizures of unaccounted money, liquor, medicine, freebies and so forth within the present polls to 5 state/UT assemblies have crossed Rs 1,000 crore, surpassing the determine recorded in all previous meeting electoral processes. The cumulative seizures within the final spherical of those state polls in 2016 was simply Rs 226 crore.
While the rise in general seizures throughout the 5 states/UTs comes to just about 343% since 2016, West Bengal alone has seen the seizures rise virtually 581% from Rs 44 crore to Rs 300 crore as on April 15. Four phases of polling are nonetheless remaining in West Bengal, with the following section scheduled for Saturday.
Among the 4 states of West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and UT of Puducherry, complete seizures in West Bengal nonetheless stay lower than Rs 446 crore recorded in Tamil Nadu, the place the single-phase ballot was accomplished on April 6. Assam reported seizures price Rs 122 crore, Kerala Rs 85 crore and Puducherry Rs 37 crore.
Seizures of money in all of the 5 states in addition to bye-elections as on April 15 totalled Rs 345 crore, liquor Rs 85 crore, medicine Rs 162 crore, freebies Rs 139 crore and treasured metals Rs 271 crore.
West Bengal up to now has reported seizures of Rs 51 crore in money, liquor price Rs 30 crore, medicine price Rs 119 crore, freebies price Rs 88 crore and treasured metals price Rs 12 crore.
The seizure of money was highest in Tamil Nadu (Rs 237 crore), liquor highest in Assam (Rs 42 crore), medicine highest in West Bengal (Rs 119 crore), freebies highest in West Bengal (Rs 88 crore) and treasured metals highest in Tamil Nadu (Rs 176 crore).
The EC had in these polls deployed 5 particular expenditure observers and 321 expenditure
observers for shut monitoring. Also, 259 meeting constituencies have been marked as expenditure-sensitive constituencies for extra focussed vigil.
“The stupendous rise in seizure figures is due to higher preparedness and multi-pronged technique of the Commission. The Commission performed exhaustive opinions at numerous ranges which included evaluation conferences with enforcement businesses of the states/UT, conferences with income secretary; CBDT chairman; CBIC chairman & Director FIU-Ind for inter-agency cooperation and real-time sharing of intelligence,” EC mentioned on Friday.
EC additionally convened conferences with secretaries, principal secretaries (residence), DGPs, secretary excise/excise commissioners, DGs Income Tax, police & CAPF nodal officers of all poll-bound states/UT & neighbouring states, in addition to with MHA and railway officers, to make sure complete monitoring.
As per legislation, distributing money and presents in the course of the electoral course of with the intent to affect voters will not be permitted and such expenditure comes below the definition of “bribery” which is an offence each below 171B of IPC and below R.P. Act, 1951. The expenditure on such gadgets is prohibited. The drive towards the menace of cash energy will proceed with vigour within the remaining phases of elections and the seizure figures are anticipated to even additional.

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