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Money, liquor, drugs: close watch on Punjab

chandigarh Updated: Feb 27, 2014 11:32 IST
Gurpreet Singh Nibber
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In the coming parliamentary polls, Punjab will be under the close observation of the Election Commission of India (ECI) because of the reports of a huge circulation of money, liquor, and drugs.

Heavy drug hauls in the recent times have raised the ECI's concerns. Deputy election commissioner Ashok Shukla, who is in-charge of Punjab, has asked the state's electoral officers to keep their eyes on open, since the ECI thinks the elections in Punjab to be most expensive.

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"The ECI has said that Punjab beats all states in the use of money, intoxicants and liquor during elections," said additional chief electoral officer Raminder Singh. "For checking this, it may send in the central paramilitary forces," he added.

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The officer said the ECI was also identifying most sensitive areas in the state, and after the announcement of the elections, the media certification and monitoring committees would be formed to check paid news.

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Key numbers
22,000 polling booths
1.92 crore voters
7 lakh voters registered since September 2013
3.5 lakh voters of the age of 18

Note: all figures are approximate