Maharashtra: Rs 26 crore seized ahead of state polls under lens


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Maharashtra: Rs 26 crore seized ahead of state polls under lens


MUMBAI : Surveillance units deployed by the Election Commission have seized cash to the tune of Rs 26 crore in the last 40 days in the run-up to local polls in different parts of the state.

In the last 40 days, since the code of conduct was imposed, the Election Commission has also seized 1.24 lakh litres of liquor and 2,520 cases have been filed.

 More than a week after high-value currency notes were demonetised, Rs 91.5 lakh in cash was found in a private vehicle belonging to Solapur-based Lok Mangal Group, which is controlled by senior BJP leader and state cooperation minister Subhash Deshmukh.

"Most of the cases are from Solapur, Sangli and Osmanabad. the income-tax (I-T) department will check the status of the cash and submit a report to the Election Commission," state election commissioner J S Saharia told TOI.

On October 17, Saharia had notified elections to a total of 212 civic bodies in 25 of the 36 districts of Maharashtra.

Since the code of conduct came into force, Rs 26 crore in cash and 1.24 lakh litres of liquor were seized, he said.

Saharia said no nominations were received for Shirala nagar panchayat in Sangli district, while 28 candidates have been elected unopposed as there were no rival nominations.

Home guards would be deployed for security along with the police and the State Reserve Police Force will be used if needed, he said.

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 On Sunday, voters exercised their franchise in 192 municipal councils and 20 nagar panchayats. The last phase of the local body elections will be on January 8.

"Action against suspicious people and vigilance at check posts will go on," added Saharia.

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