Lok Sabha Election 2019

Karnataka stands 7th in poll-related seizures

Gujarat tops list so far with ₹510 crore worth of items seized

Karnataka — which is seeing a standoff between the State government and the Income Tax Department over raids in Mandya Lok Sabha constituency — now stands seventh among States where election-related seizures have been high since the model code of conduct was enforced on March 10.

By Thursday evening, total seizures by election officials across the country was ₹1,618.78 crore, show Election Commission of India (EC) data. About 3.14% of the total seizures, or about ₹50.94 crore come from Karnataka.

While Gujarat accounts for about 31.5% of the total seizures across the country, with ₹510 crore so far, it is followed by Tamil Nadu with ₹285.86 crore or about 17.7 %, and Andhra Pradesh and Punjab with ₹158.61 crore (about 9.8 %) and ₹158.17 crore (about 9.8 %) respectively. In terms of Karnataka’s standing among southern States, total seizures puts it in third place after Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

In Telengana, total seizures reported have been ₹ 27.81 crore, while in Kerala it is about ₹18.92 crore. Seizures have been less in northeastern States of Meghalaya, with just ₹2 lakh, the lowest so far in the country, and Sikkim at ₹11.6 lakh and Mizoram at ₹46 lakh.

What’s startling is that seizure of drugs and narcotics make up nearly half of the total seizures, with about ₹708 crore-worth of drugs seized across the country and ₹500.01 crore-worth of drugs in Gujarat alone.

Sources in the EC here say that seizures in different States differ as elections are being held in seven phases. In some States where constituencies are going for polls in the last phase, full-fledged campaigning would not have begun.

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