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Karnataka by-polls: Officials seize cash, saree worth lakhs in Mysuru

With the model code of conduct in place, officials seized cash and sarees worth Rs 94.6 lakh in Mysuru, Karnataka

Karnataka by-polls: Officials seize cash, saree worth lakhs in Mysuru
Bengaluru, First Published Nov 16, 2019, 4:34 PM IST
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Mysuru: Enforcing the model code of conduct ahead of the by-polls, election authorities have seized cash, campaign material and goods, including 30,000 sarees, all worth Rs 94.69 lakh from the by-poll-bound constituencies.

The Election Commission has deployed 168 flying squads and 401 static surveillance teams to enforce the model code of conduct across the 15 constituencies going for polls on December 5. These teams put together have seized cash being illegally transported along with 166.72 litres of IML and other liquor worth Rs 76,167, an official statement from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer stated.

In Mysuru, a team of election officials, led by AC Venkataraju and Tahsildar Ramesh Babu, seized 30,000 sarees, along with pamphlets with pictures of former MLA CP Yogeshwar and other BJP leaders, from a godown in Hebbal Industrial Area on Friday. The sarees were found in 425 sacks at the godown owned by Nagaraju.

The Election Commission has received 1,908 calls up till now seeking information related to the by-polls. Through the cVIGIL app meant for reporting violation of model code of conduct, there have been 19 complaints about unauthorised posters, banner, money distribution, property defacement and distribution of liquor, according to the release.

Karnataka will go for polls on December 5 for the seats that were vacated when the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs were disqualified. Their disqualification caused the collapse of the HD Kumaraswamy administration and paved the way for BS Yediyurappa’s return to the chief minister’s seat.

On Wednesday (November 13), they were granted relief by the Supreme Court to contest by-polls. The apex court also upheld their disqualification.

The disqualified MLAs are now a happy lot and are confident of winning the upcoming by-polls on December 5

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