Election Commission on April 18 seized around Rs 11 lakh in cash from Mumbai’s Sion. The seizure came as voting for 10 Lok Sabha seats which fall under Maharashtra’s Vidarbha and Marathwada regions was underway in the second phase of polling.
Even after many restrictions, political parties are making every possible attempt to bribe voters. According to EC reports they have confiscated cash, drugs, expensive metals, liquor and freebies worth Rs 118.13 cr till April 18 in Maharashtra.
According to reports, cash is Rs 44.22 cr, liquor 28.47 lakh litres worth Rs 22.05 cr, drugs 14743.74 kg worth Rs 6.3 cr, precious metal worth Rs 45.47 cr and other freebies worth Rs 0.09 cr have been sized in Maharashtra, which was supposed to be used to bribe voters.
In almost every state, EC has seized drugs, liquor and precious metal. Even in dry states like Bihar, Gujarat Nagaland and Mizoram, EC has seized 4.81 lakh litres so far. Bribing voters is common in elections, whether it is Lok Sabha elections, state elections, panchayat elections, political parties distribute cash and liquor to lure voters.