A report Rs 331 crore in seizures of money, liquor, medication and different items have been seized within the poll-bound states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, and Kerala, and the Union Territory of Puducherry, the ballot physique introduced right now. The seizures already surpasses the entire quantity caught within the meeting elections to those state and the Union Territory in 2016 when Rs 225.77 crores of seizures had been made, it stated.
“The numerous level is that report seizures have been made though polling is but to start out,” it stated.
Of the states that go to polls, the most important seizure of Rs 127.64 was made in Tamil Nadu adopted by West Bengal (Rs 112.59 crore). Whereas Rs 63.75 crore was seized within the northeastern state of Assam, solely Rs 21.77 price seizure was made within the southern state of Kerala, the information uploaded on Press Data Bureau web site reveals. In the meantime, Rs 5.72 crore in seizure have been reported within the Union Territory of Puducherry.
Document Seizures price Rs. 331 crores made in Expenditure Monitoring Course of in ongoing Meeting Elections, 2021 in States of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry. (1/n) Additional particulars observe in press launch
– Sheyphali Sharan (@SpokespersonECI) March 17, 2021
The worth of medicine seizure surpassed money, liquor and different items within the states of West Bengal (Rs 47.40 crore to Rs 19.11 crore money) and Assam (Rs 27.09 crore to Rs 11.73 in money), the information reveals.
General money contributed to Rs 89.48 crore of the Rs 331.47 seizure from these poll-bound states and union territory.
The Election Fee had, on February 26, introduced the ballot dates – March 27 to April 29 – for these Assemblies with the outcomes to be declared on Could 2.
The ballot physique has deployed 295 Expenditure Observers to curb the usage of black cash in these elections. Aside from these officers, the ballot physique has additionally appointed 5 Particular Expenditure Observers to those states. “These officers having formidable area experience and impeccable observe report are deputed for more practical election expenditure monitoring. After due evaluation, 259 Meeting Constituencies have been marked as Expenditure Delicate Constituencies for extra focussed vigil,” it stated.
On expenditure monitoring, Fee has convened numerous conferences with senior officers of Enforcement Companies of poll-bound States and UT.
Distributing money and items throughout electoral course of is just not permitted below the legislation, e.g., distribution of cash, liquor, or some other merchandise disbursed and given to the electors with the intent to affect them. This 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 unlawful. With the drive for curbing inducements which vitiate electoral course of intensifying, the seizure figures are anticipated to rise additional.