With a day left to go for the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls, Election Commission seized ₹1.48 crores unaccounted cash from a party worker of TTV Dinakarana’s AMMK, Andippati in Theni district in Tamil Nadu in a raid conducted seeking the direction of free and fair elections.
The Election Commission recovered a total of ₹1.48 crores of unaccounted and illegal cash that was used to influence voters before the polls. The money was packed in 94 envelopes printed along with the respected ward number, number of votes, and the amount of ₹300 in each envelope. A postal ballot paper marked for an AMMK candidate for the Andipatti assembly by-election was also recovered and seized by the Election Commission.
The officials present at the site reported a total of 2 crores of cash that was brought to the premises for the distribution of the money to the voters on April 16, two days before the Lok Sabha polls.
In the wake of the elections, several raids have been conducted by the IT department and the Election Commission in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal to keep a check on the cash-for-votes. Huge amount of money, immovable and movable assets were seized because of the raids. The raids were mostly held in the premises of the opposition parties which have been highly questionable by the opposition.
Several allegations have been put on EC for working at the behest of the ruling party (BJP). Chandrababu Naidu alleged the ruling party to be involved in the raids and claimed that the raids were politically motivated and arbitrary.
The Lok Sabha elections will be held in the seven phases of which the first phase elections were done on April 11. the second phase of elections have started today, April 18. The results will be announced on May 23.