New Delhi, 09 May (Hindustan Times). The Election Commission has so far seized Rs 375.61 crore in Karnataka during the enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct and this is almost 4.5 times the seizure made in the last assembly elections in 2018.
According to the Election Commission, from the date of the Commission’s visit in the second week of March, 2023 till the date of announcement of elections, Rs 83.78 crore was also seized by various enforcement agencies. The Enforcement Directorate has also attached assets worth Rs 288 crore after the code of conduct came into force.
According to the commission, the extensive monitoring process began months before the election was announced. 146 expenditure observers were deployed and 81 assembly constituencies were identified as expenditure sensitive constituencies for close monitoring.
According to the Election Commission, Rs 147.46 crore in cash, 22,27,045 liters of liquor (83.66 crore), narcotics worth Rs 23.67 crore, valuables worth Rs 96.60 crore, free material worth Rs 24.21 crore have been seized in the state till May 8, with a total value of Rs 375.61 crore. It is crores. And the total seizure made in 2018 was Rs 83.93 crore.
It may be noted that the Election Commission had announced the schedule for the Karnataka Assembly elections on March 29. The state will go to polls in a single phase on May 10 and the results will be out on May 13.
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