Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for the maximum 80 Lok Sabha seats, has made a record haul of Rs 200 crore in unaccounted cash and precious metals, narcotics and liquor across the state..
Under the model code of conduct in force for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the state police and Income Tax (I-T) department have so far recovered more than Rs 46 crore in unaccounted cash, apart from precious metals such as gold and silver worth Rs 72 crore..
The police and the narcotic department have also seized psychotropic substances, including smack and cannabis, worth Rs 26 crore, even as two more phases of polling are still due.
Meanwhile, the state excise department impounded nearly 1.7 million litres of illicit liquor, worth over Rs 45 crore, across the 75 districts..
According to the UP Chief Election Officer,Mr. L Venkateshwarlu, nearly 900,000 licensed arms have been deposited with the authorities and arms licenses of more than 1,000 people cancelled to ensure law and order. A restraint order has been issued against over 2.2 million persons and non-bailable warrants executed against 35,000 people.
The authorities have also impounded 7.4 tonnes of explosives, including 14,000 live cartridges and 4,200 bombs during search and seizure operations..
More than 6.6 million posters, graffiti, wall writings, banners and such like have either been removed or covered under the MCC norms in public and private places across UP since the model code was enforced on March 10 after the declaration of the polling schedule by the Election Commission of India (ECI)..
At the same time, about 4,280 cases relatimg to violation of the MCC with regards to vehicles, public meeting, loudspeakers and inflammatory speeches have come to light, and nearly 1,900 first information reports (FIR) have been lodged.