Since the release of the assembly poll schedule on January 8, a total of Rs 328 crore worth of inducements to voters, including cash, liquor, and narcotics, has been recovered in Uttar Pradesh, according to Election Commission sources. The total amount of illicit inducements seized in the five polling states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa, and Punjab — was Rs 1,039.50 crore, according to authorities, including Rs 571.34 crore in pharmaceuticals.
The cumulative seizure amount in Uttar Pradesh up to Thursday was Rs 328.33 crore, which was 1.70 times more than the total combined seizure figure of Rs 193.29 crore in the state’s 2017 assembly elections. Assembly elections in the state are being held in seven phases, just like last time. While voting in Punjab, Goa, and Uttarakhand is now complete, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur still have one phase of voting to complete.
According to the sources, the panel has placed a specific emphasis on free and fair elections, as well as eliminating the scourge of undue money power, booze, and giveaways. In Uttar Pradesh, a total of 128 expenditure observers have been assigned for effective monitoring. In Uttar Pradesh, over 1,800 flying squads and 2,104 static surveillance teams were deployed to monitor the movement of cash, booze, narcotics, and freebies.
In Uttar Pradesh, the Income Tax Department has developed eight air intelligence units. The sixth phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections began on Thursday morning, with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and numerous other well-known figures among the 676 candidates running for 57 seats across ten districts.
In this phase, approximately 2.15 crore individuals are eligible to vote. So far, voting has been completed for 292 of the 403 Assembly members. The final round of voting for the remaining 54 seats will take place on March 7.