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EC rejects 51 nominations; Rs 2.64 crore seized

The election official said that Rs 2.64 crore in cash has been seized so far from various parts of the state as part of the drive to tackle the illegal cash flows during elections.

As many as 51 nominations out of the 916 filed for the April 17 elections to 28 parliament seats in Karnataka were rejected during the process of scrutiny on Thursday.

None of nominations from major political parties —Congress, BJP and JD(S) —were rejected.

The highest number of candidates numbering 38 are in the fray for the Bidar Lok Sabha seat, while the Uttar Kannada seat has the lowest number of candidates at 10.

The election commission officials accepted the nomination of the right wing leader Pramod Muttalik to contest from two seats in Bangalore South and in the Dharwad constituency. Muttalik is looking at taking on senior BJP leaders Ananth Kumar and Prahlad Joshi in the two constituencies to split their Hindutva vote base in retaliation for failing to induct him to the BJP despite holding an induction ceremony for him on Sunday in Hubli.

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The election official said that Rs 2.64 crore in cash has been seized so far from various parts of the state as part of the drive to tackle the illegal cash flows during elections.

Rs 7.5 lakh and Rs 4 lakh in cash were seized from Navalgund and Virajpet respectively, another Rs 3.2 lakh in cash was seized from Hassan.

In other seizures 608 grams of gold and 7.77 kg of silver worth Rs 15.24 lakh were seized from Alnavar. Officials have also seized 34,869 litres of liquor worth Rs 1.35 crore.

As many as 479 cases have been registered for violation of the Model Code of Conduct, he said. As many as 15,85,224 fresh voters have been included in the voters’ list taking the electorate to 4.62 crore, Jha said.