Gujarat tops in misuse of cash in elections, know who is at second place?

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi: In the two months since the announcement of Lok Sabha election dates, enforcement agencies have seized cash, liquor, drugs, precious metals and 'freebies' worth nearly Rs 9,000 crore from across the country. This amount is two and a half times more than the total seizures made during the entire 2019 general election period. With three more rounds of voting taking place in the next two weeks, the total number of seizures is expected to increase during this general election.How many items were seized?
According to the Election Commission data released on Saturday, drugs and narcotics accounted for about 45% of the total seizures of Rs 8,889 crore, followed by 23% 'free' and 14% precious metals. The agencies have also seized Rs 849 crore in cash and about 5.4 crore liters of liquor worth Rs 815 crore. Among all the states and Union Territories, Gujarat had the highest seizure in terms of value at around Rs 1,462 crore, mainly due to the recent joint operation conducted by Gujarat ATS, Narcotics Control Bureau and Indian Coast Guard, which led to Rs 892 crore was seized. Seizure of three high value drugs worth Rs. Rajasthan ranks second in this list where the maximum amount of 'free items' worth about Rs 757 crore was seized by the enforcement agencies.

How much goods seized from which state?

State Cash ((Crore) Medicines(CR) alcohol(cr) Freebies(Crore) Total(Crore)
Gujarat 8.61 1,187.80 29.76 107.00 1,461.73
Rajasthan 42.30 216.42 48.29 756.77 1,133.82
Punjab 15.45 665.67 22.62 7.04 734.54
Maharashtra 75.49 265.51 49.17 107.46 685.81
Delhi 90.79 358.42 2.64 6.46 653.31

More than the figures of 2019
The Election Commission said that action has also been taken against drugs in these elections. Apart from Gujarat, news of recovery of drugs has also come to light in Maharashtra and Delhi. On April 17, police had busted a drug factory in Greater Noida from where 26.7 kg of MDMA worth Rs 150 crore was seized and two foreigners were arrested. The Election Commission pointed out that the recoveries in other clusters have been equally impressive and have even surpassed the total recoveries of the 2019 parliamentary elections by a large margin. Increased vigilance against inducements, including narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, has resulted in large-scale seizure operations and a sustained increase in the number of cases. The Election Commission said that the recovery of drugs has been the highest. According to the Election Commission, analysis of the data shows that states and union territories which used to be transit areas are now increasingly becoming 'consumption areas'.

This state is number 1 in terms of liquor seizure

In terms of illegal movement of liquor, Karnataka tops the list with around 1.5 crore liters of liquor seized, followed by Maharashtra. About 62 lakh liters of liquor was seized here. Telangana leads among states and union territories in cash seizure of Rs 114 crore

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