New Delhi: Barely 20 days before polling in Gujarat, the Election Commission has seized around 6.71 lakh litres of liquor, Rs 1.38 crore in cash and gold and jewellery worth over Rs 8 crore from the state. Gujarat is otherwise a dry state. The seizure was made by EC-appointed surveillance and expenditure monitoring teams.
The teams have so far seized suspected illicit cash amounting to Rs 1.38 crore, 6.71 lakh litres of liquor and 27.02 kg of gold and other precious metals valued at Rs 8.13 crore. According to official data, separately, around 3.11 lakh in British currency and 30,000 of Thai currency has also been seized by the EC teams. The poll body has appointed about 100 election expenditure observers in Gujarat, apart from other central observers, to keep a check on illegal inducements used to bribe voters.