Unaccounted cash and liquor seem to be flowing rather unabashedly in poll-bound Andhra Pradesh. The southern state, that goes to polls to elect its 42 Lok Sabha members and 294 MLAs on April 30 and May 7, is topping the list of states where maximum cash and liquor seizures have been made so far this poll season.
Significantly, Goa, Chandigarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep are the only places where no cash, liquor or narcotics seizures have been made at all ever since the poll process began.
Overall, a staggering Rs 269 crore cash, 1.32 crore litres of liquor and 18.47 lakh kilograms of narcotics have been seized nationally so far. As many as 17,321 FIRs have been registered in connection with these seizures and recoveries.
As per information available with The Indian Express, a staggering Rs 129. 20 crore of unaccounted cash and 79.64 lakh litres of liquor have been seized by the flying squads and static surveillance teams of the Election Commission in Andhra Pradesh so far. In addition, 1,092 kilograms of drugs and narcotics have been seized from the state as well. A total of 9,074 FIRs having already been filed.
With cash seizures to the tune of Rs 33.46 crore, Maharashtra is second only to Andhra Pradesh. At Rs 26.72 crore and Rs 19.87 crore, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are third and fourth, respectively.
As far as liquor seizures go, Daman & Diu is second highest after Andhra with 15.08 litres of liquor already been seized. At 9.88 lakh litres, Gujarat, which incidentally has a liquor prohibition in place, has seen the third-highest recoveries, with West Bengal (5.14 lakh litres) at the fourth spot. Punjab, too, has seen a high liquor seizure so far with 4.54 lakh litres of seized liquor.
While Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Uttarakhand, Andaman & Nicobar Island,Daman & Diu and Puducherry have not seen any seizures of unaccounted cash, J&K and Kerala haven’t witnessed any liquor or drugs being seized by the authorities. Intriguingly, Chhattisgarh tops the list of drugs and narcotics seizures so far with a staggering 18.18 lakh kilograms seized so far. At 8,366 kilograms, Himachal Pradesh has the second highest drug recovery followed by Rajasthan, where 7, 476 kilograms have been recovered.
It is for the first time that the EC has deployed flying squads and static surveillance teams to check the use of money in polling.