Rs 32 crore seized by EC officials ahead of AP bypolls

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Hyderabad, Jun 5: The upcoming bypolls in Andra Pradesh seem to be garnering a lot of negative attention due to the events surrounding it. After the arrest of YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy in the disproportionate assets case and the subsequent arrest of an Andhra Minister, Mopidevi Venkata Ramana and the CBI summons to Ponnala Laxmaiah, the Andhra political scene can be termed murky, to say the least.

The latest issue shadowing the bypolls is the huge cash seizure days ahead of the bypolls. Election Commission officials in AP have reportedly seized Rs 32 crore in cash and valuables worth Rs 9 crore in a snoop down. The bypolls are scheduled to be held on June 12.

The cash seized this time around is higher than the cash seized during the election campaigns in the 2009 Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

Only recently, the Election Commission had postponed the Jharkhand Rajya Sabha bypolls after reports of horse trading emerged and Rs 2.15 crore was recovered from a vehicle near Ranchi on the day of the polls.

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