Seizure: Seizures of over 1,760 crore reported in 5 poll-bound states | India News

NEW DELHI: Progressive seizures of unexplained money, illicit liquor and medication and different potential inducements throughout the 5 poll-going states noticed a seven-fold soar in worth to Rs 1,760 crore from Rs 239 crore in 2018, as per figures compiled by the Election Fee till November 20.
Apparently, of the 5 states, Rajasthan and Telangana collectively account for practically three-fourth of the overall worth of progressive seizures.Whereas Telangana leads with complete seizures value Rs 659 crore since announcement of polls, Rajasthan is nearly neck and neck with progressive seizures till November 20 valued at Rs 651 crore.
Since each Telangana and Rajasthan are but to witness polling, the determine of seizures is thus certain to climb additional. As for the states the place voting has wound up, Madhya Pradesh recorded seizures value over Rs 323 crore, Chhattisgarh Rs 77 crore, and Mizoram, Rs 49.6 crore.
Telangana noticed the best worth of seizures beneath heads like money, liquor, medication and valuable metals. When it comes to freebies, they had been the best in Rajasthan at Rs 341 crore in worth and 61% in proportion phrases.
Apparently, Chhattisgarh noticed the bottom seizures of liquor value Rs 2.16 crore, lower than half the worth of liquor seized in Mizoram. Medication seized in Mizoram (worth Rs 29.8 crore) additionally exceeded these confiscated in Chhattisgarh (complete value Rs 4.55 crore).
EC on Monday attributed the “important and exponential enhance in seizures within the 5 poll-going states” to the ballot equipment’s unwavering dedication to making sure free, truthful and inducement-free polls by way of strong monitoring of inducements and curbing of electoral malpractices. One other first-time initiative in these polls was election expenditure monitoring system (ESMS), a platform that facilitates real-time sharing of inputs on motion of unlawful money and different inducements amongst varied enforcement companies, thus guaranteeing higher synergy. EC on Monday stated the interior utility is working effectively to observe election expenditure.
Whereas asserting the polls final month, chief election commissioner Rajiv Kumar had referred to the large enhance in seizures over the last set of polls in Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura and Karnataka, to emphasize on the necessity to maintain elections inducement-free. The seizures throughout the six states had then totalled Rs 1,400 crore, which was 11 occasions the seizures in earlier polls in similar states.

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