New delhi sources stated that the Election Commission said seizure of cash, drugs and freebies aimed at inducing voters in Assembly polls in maharashtra and haryana have seen a massive jump as compared to the last elections. When addressing a press conference in New delhi after the conclusion of the polls in the two states, Director General (Expenditure) in the poll panel dilip Sharma said in maharashtra the overall seizure stood at Rs 156.94 crore. It included Rs 60.69 crore in cash, over 23 crore worth of liquor and drugs worth Rs 19.5 crore. In the 2014 Assembly polls, the total seizures were to the tune of Rs 30 crore. He said "It is a five time jump”.
Furthermore Sharma said in haryana, the jump is three times the previous figures. In the 2014 Assembly polls, the total seizure was Rs 8.58 crore and this time, it was Rs 24.17 crore. When referring to the replacement of control units, ballot units and paper trail machines in the two states on Monday, Deputy Election Commissioner sudeep Jain told reporters that in maharashtra, 525 ballot units, 481 control units and 2800 paper trail machines were replaced.
Moreover he said "Hence the higher number of replacement of voter verifiable paper audit trail machines (VVPATs) or paper trail machines," Jain explained. In a case of a fault in it, only the VVPAT is replaced. Perhaps in haryana, 47 ballot units, 35 control units and 326 VVPATs were replaced on Monday.