Punjab Ranks First, Manipur Third On ECI's List Of Illegal Poll Spending

The ECI had stepped up its vigil against such seizures which saw a nearly four-fold increase compared to the previous round of elections in 2017, a statement said.
Punjab Ranks First, Manipur Third On ECI's List Of Illegal Poll Spending

Election Commission of India (ECI)

The Election Commission of India (ECI) revealed that it had recovered more than ₹1,000 crores in cash, drugs, liquor and freebies so far in the ongoing assembly elections in five states.

The ECI had stepped up its vigil against such seizures which saw a nearly four-fold increase compared to the previous round of elections in 2017, a statement said.

Punjab topped the list with an amount of ₹510.91 crore worth seizures, which was followed by Uttar Pradesh with ₹307.92 crores worth of seizures, the statement added.

According to the statement from the election body, Manipur came in at third with seizures worth ₹167.83 crores while Uttarakhand and Goa reported ₹18.81 crores and ₹12.73 crores in such seizures respectively.

The total seizures from the five states amounted to over ₹1,018 crores, four times the amount of total seizures made during 2017 assembly elections in these states, which had totaled up to ₹299.84 crores.

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Meanwhile, the statement from the poll body further said that the total cash seizure in the five states amounted to ₹140.29 crores. More than 82 lakh litres of liquor worth around ₹99.84 crores was confiscate, it added.

Apart from that, drugs worth ₹569.52 crore, precious metals worth ₹115.054 crore and freebies worth ₹93.5 crores were also seized, it said.

The ECI in its statement said, “Apart from above mentioned seizure figures, the Commission’s visit galvanised enforcement authorities as the agencies seized drugs worth ₹109 crores in Punjab and more than eight lakh litres of liquor in Uttar Pradesh in the run-up to the elections.”

The commission further informed that it had stepped up its vigil on the expenditure in the run-up to the elections in the five states through a multi-pronged strategy.

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