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EC seizes Rs 46 cr illegal cash in poll-bound states; Tamil Nadu tops

A day before the first phase of assembly elections, Election Commission (EC) on Sunday said its teams have seized over Rs 46 crore illegal cash in the five poll-bound states, with the maximum Rs 18.16 crore confiscated in Tamil Nadu. It is followed by Assam where Rs 11 crore in cash has been seized by the election authorities till now.

In West Bengal, the figure stands at Rs 8.05 crore, while Rs 7.99 crore has been seized in Kerala till now. In Puducherry, about Rs 60.87 lakh illegal cash has been seized, the latest EC data said. The seizures have been made by EC-appointed special flying squads and surveillance teams and those drawn from the Income Tax department. “The total progressive figure of seizures made till now is about Rs 46.11 crore,” a senior official said.

The model code of conduct for these polls came into force on March 4 when the EC announced the schedule for the five states. 
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