Chandigarh: Noting that money becomes the
biggest source of corruption during elections, the Election Commission on Wednesday said it has deployed teams consisting of
officials from various agencies to monitor illegal movement of
cash during the upcoming Assembly polls in five states.
"We know that money in election becomes the biggest
source of corruption. Though the expense limit is up to Rs 16
lakh (for candidates contesting Assembly polls), crores of
rupees are spent," Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi
said addressing a press conference here.
When a candidate spends crores of rupees in election, he
will have a tendency to recover the same from the very first
day he gets elected, the CEC observed.
"This is how corruption begins and which is why we are
working to strike at its root. In the upcoming polls, we have
deployed teams which include officials from the police,
paramilitary, Income Tax and other departments to strictly
monitor illegal movement of cash (which is used) to woo the
voters," Quraishi said.
He said the EC would keep a strict eye on voters being
lured by parties by doling out cash and gifts.
A six-member EC team led by Quraishi was on a two-day
visit to Chandigarh which began yesterday. It took stock of
poll arrangements in the state and met representatives of
various political parties here. The polls to the 117-member
Punjab Assembly are scheduled to be held on January 30.
The CEC said that Rs 73 crore of unaccounted money,
including Rs 3.5 crore from Punjab, has been seized so far
from the five states going to polls.