Election officials seize cash, other items worth ₹11 crore

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Conduct workshop for political parties in Hyderabad

The State election authority has seized cash, narcotics and liquor worth over ₹11 crore in the run up to the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections even before the filing of nominations in the 17 constituencies that are going to polls in a single phase on April 11.

Of the total seizures, the cash amount was ₹5.86 crore, narcotics ₹2.37 crore and 66,952 litres of liquor estimated to cost ₹84.65 lakh. This is in addition to ₹1.93 crore seized by the Income Tax Department. As many as 114 nakas were operational as on date and over 80,000 bound over, according to senior officials. Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, who addressed a workshop conducted for political parties on the poll procedures here on Wednesday, said in all, 328 complaints were received on the cVIGIL app of which, 134 were found genuine, with Nizamabad accounting for a major chunk of 75 genuine complaints. The CEO warned the political parties against indulging in violations like defacement of open spaces and public properties, and advised them to take prior permission before using cut outs, banners, hoardings and other campaign material. The parties were advised against using the public address system or loud speakers for public meetings between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., while Ministers should ensure that they do not use official machinery and vehicles for their election work.

The contesting candidates, on their part, should fill up all columns in the nomination forms. The election authority has decided to ensure that the facilities like helipads were provided to the opposition parties on the same terms and conditions as the party in power.

He cautioned the contesting candidates/parties against luring the electors in the name of caste and communal issues as stringent action would be initiated against those who would be found guilty.

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