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इंडियन आवाज़     22 May 2024 11:18:05      انڈین آواز

ECI cracks down on money power: Rs. 4650 crores seized so far

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Sudhir Kumar / New Delhi

With General Elections 2024 underway, ECI is on track for the highest ever seizures of inducements recorded in the 75-year history of Lok Sabha elections in the country.

The Enforcement Agencies have made a record seizure of over four thousand 650 crore rupees before the first phase of polling for the 18th Lok Sabha elections commences on Friday. Election Commission has said, this marks a sharp increase over three thousand 475 crore rupees seized during the entire Lok Sabha election in 2019. The Commission said, 45 per cent of the seizures are of drugs and narcotics. It said, the seizures have been possible by comprehensive planning, scaled-up collaboration and unified deterrence action from agencies and proactive citizen participation. The Election Commission stated that one hundred crore rupees seizure was made each day since 1st March of this year.

The commission said, the enhanced seizures reflect Election Commission’s unwavering commitment to monitor inducements and curb electoral malpractices for a level playing field, particularly in favour of smaller and less resourceful parties. The seizures are a critical part of Election Commission resolve to conduct the Lok Sabha elections free of inducements and electoral malpractices and to ensure a level playing field. The commission has also taken strict action against 106 government servants who have been found assisting politicians in campaigning, thereby violating the Code of Conduct and instructions.

Use of black money, over and above political financing and accurate disclosure thereof, may disturb the level playing field in favour of more resourceful party or candidate in specific geographies. The seizures are a critical part of ECI resolve to conduct the Lok Sabha elections free of inducements and electoral malpractices and to ensure a level playing field. CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar, while announcing the polls last month, underlined Money Power as one of the ‘4M’ challenges. On 12th April, Commission led by CEC Shri Rajiv Kumar along with ECs Shri Gyanesh Kumar and Shri Sukhbir Singh Sandhu reviewed all Central Observers deployed in Phase -1 of elections going to poll on 19th April.  Tightening, monitoring and checking were amongst the focus of deliberations to ensure inducement-free electoral process.

The enhanced seizures reflect ECI’s unwavering commitment to monitor inducements and curb electoral malpractices for a ‘level playing field’, particularly in favour of smaller and less resourceful parties.

Annexure A- State/UT wise seizure details as on April 13, 2024

 Election Seizure Management System
Date of Print: 13.04.2024 09:53 pmFilter Date: From 01-03-2024 To 13-04-2024
 S.N State Cash (Rs. Crore) Liquor Qty (Litres) Liquor Value (Rs. Crore) Drugs Value (Rs. Crore)Precious Metal Value (Rs. Crore)Freebies / Other Items Value (Rs.Crore) Total (Rs. Crore)
 1Andaman And Nicobar Islands 0.2283950 3129.11 0.0744660 2.0127000 0.0000000 0.0000000 2.3155610
2Andhra Pr.32.15495301022756.4819.71983504.063540057.142759012.8933650125.9744520
3Arunachal Pr.6.4626890157056.592.87991100.81823602.63788900.729598013.5283230
4Assam3.17809901594842.4719.270229048.769237044.224689025.6795360141.1217900
5Bihar6.7770240845758.1831.572946037.594363019.761320060.0628720155.7685250
6Chandigarh0.969095029027.470.91577302.07515500.52697200.00000004.4869950
7Chhattisgarh11.981831055690.731.397887017.18093602.582436026.329105059.4721950
8DD&DNH0.39498508351.260.21494900.00000000.00000000.00000000.6099340
9Goa15.6452760101446.042.33075403.23687003.78859401.185735026.1872290
10Gujarat6.5565420760062.8221.9468710485.994622036.487962054.3495200605.3355170
11Haryana3.8467740191840.415.65273805.49257801.73257601.186596017.9112620
12Himachal Pr.0.2235760355123.805.24880702.25434800.03350000.15471507.9149460
13Jammu And Kashmir1.246689023964.590.63006402.35292200.00258000.05591504.2881700
14Jharkhand4.2282350158054.603.413101035.11233300.39803608.684125051.8358300
15Karnataka35.538007013052708.14124.338067018.756628041.936886060.8632560281.4328440
16Kerala10.930161049212.312.005387014.286125021.08965105.046859053.3581830
17Ladakh0.000000018.830.00115800.00000000.00000000.00000000.0011580
18Lakshadweep0.000000035.550.01812000.05560000.00000000.00000000.0737200
19Madhya Pr.13.37940001633114.9425.778894025.89066708.741382038.4886970112.2790400
20Maharashtra40.05605803556027.7628.4656210213.564329069.383718079.8780460431.3477720
21Manipur0.000353036489.360.406743031.11679903.85237408.933717044.3099860
22Meghalaya0.504893042655.420.669596026.85588100.00000007.359545035.3899150
23Mizoram0.1119530105488.003.778958037.15635300.00000005.854595046.9018590
24Nagaland0.000000026537.760.26174102.99733000.00000004.93148008.1905510
25NCT OFDelhi11.286267067046.551.4250850189.942428032.23702501.1788900236.0696950
26Odisha1.47506301324111.2916.214115039.01557906.460000043.9682390107.1329960
27Puducherry0.0000000818.560.01739000.00000000.00000000.00000000.0173900
28Punjab5.13344002206988.9414.4041880280.815805010.52620500.9652680311.8449060
29Rajasthan35.85616003798601.5240.7857900119.379937049.2176960533.2869270778.5265100
30Sikkim0.30150006145.300.11957900.01415800.00000000.00150000.4367370
31Tamil Nadu53.5886800590297.334.4342350293.025364078.757538031.0436110460.8494280
32Telangana49.1818260685838.5219.212588022.713965012.389365018.3519690121.8497130
33Tripura0.4830040136617.512.192153016.87264200.63268703.309315023.4898010
34Uttar Pr.24.31631501059181.8435.335720053.980271020.656123011.4803120145.7687410
35Uttarakhand6.156029067488.223.00938109.86662203.29386000.215358022.5412500
36West Bengal13.20027902077396.5551.173399025.588302033.612033096.0305140219.6045270
TOTAL (Rs.Crore)  395.3935510 35829924.75 489.3162390 2068.8526250 562.1058560 1142.4991800 4658.1674510
Grand Total (CR): 4658.1674510

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