Free flow of liquor and cash is emerging as the last-minute option to woo voters by candidates contesting the municipal corporation elections in the two cities.
After the campaigning time ended at 5 pm on Friday, the candidates and their supporters are resorting to door-to-door canvassing.
Random visits by a Hindustan Times team in various wards of Karnal on Friday night revealed that candidates' supporters were distributing liquor freely.
Contestants made the best use of their election offices in the crowded places of various sectors and old localities for throwing cocktail parties.
Information from Panipat confirmed widespread use of liquor to lure voters.
The Karnal police arrested four people on Friday night and seized 67 bottles of liquor and beer from their possession. In the past three days, the police have seized more than 40,000 liquor bottles. The Panipat police, however, have not come across such tactics to lure voters.
The inspector general of police, Rohtak range, Anil Kumar Rao, told the media in Panipat on Saturday that 48 police teams had been deputed to arrest those distributing cash and liquor in the city.
Reports have shown that under the garb of door-to-door canvassing, certain candidates were "bargaining" with voters living in slums.
Cars bearing stickers of various candidates were seen unloading cases of premium brands of whiskies for their supporters.
In Karnal's Sector 6, supporters of a political party were seen using carrying cases of Indian-made foreign liquor on motorcycles. It is learnt that the candidates have promised to provide the supply of various brands of whiskey and beer if people voted for them.
"Candidates, including the independents, have ignored the state election commission (SEC) directions. Several of them have stocked liquor in houses of their supporters and other places," an official on election duty, requesting anonymity, said.