As many as 190 cases of electoral offences have been booked in Mandya and Bangalore Rural constituencies facing Lok Sabha by-elections on Wednesday.

According to Chief Electoral Officer Anil Kumar Jha, in Bangalore Rural, the election officials have seized Rs. 2.31 crore in cash, liquor and 44 saris that were reportedly brought to be distributed to woo voters.

As many as 125 cases of illegal transportation have been booked in Bangalore Rural and 60 in Mandya constituencies. He said that the squads will be on duty till the end of polling.

Asked if action has been initiated against Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who announced compensation to the three deceased soldiers from Mandya, Mr. Jha said that a report from the Mandya Deputy Commissioner and a video clipping of the speech had been sent to the Election Commission of India.

Exit polls

Mr. Jha said that during the 48 hours ahead of the elections, there was a ban on exit polls and prohibition on surveys likely to influence the voters.

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