New Delhi: Election Commission on Wednesday said that a total of Rs 377 crore cash, Rs 705 crore worth drugs, 78 lakh litres of alcohol and Rs 312 crore worth of precious metal including gold has been seized across India till April 3, 2019. Notably, even with more than a week being left for the first phase of the polling to begin, EC has seized an amount that is in excess of what the commission seized during the 2014 Lok Sabha campaigns.
While the maximum seizure of cash, worth Rs 127.84 crore, has been made from Tamil Nadu, maximum alcohol, above 19 lakh litres, has been seized from Maharashtra, followed by Uttar Pradesh. Punjab has topped the charts in drugs with narcotics worth Rs 116 core being seized by the EC. The maximum amount of precious metal has been seized again from Tamil Nadu.
In 2014, ECI had seized Rs 299.94 crores worth of cash throughout the duration of the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha. Interestingly, there’s a roughly 84% jump this year for Tamil Nadu when compared to the cash that was seized in 2014. Only Rs 15.56 crore worth of cash was seized from the state during the election to the 16th Lok Sabha. Similarly, in Maharashtra only around 31,000 litres was seized, roughly around 2% of the amount of alcohol that has been confiscated ahead of the elections to the 17th Lok Sabha.