Chandigarh: In view of the Election Commission’s strict order relating to seizure of cash carried without any proper evidence, the industrialists of the state have threatened to boycott the upcoming Assembly polls.

“It is not possible for us to carry documents along with the money we are carrying. It is affecting our business. The order must be taken back or else we will boycott the upcoming elections,” said Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal, Secretary, Mohinder Aggarwal.

Meanwhile, in another recovery, the Election Commission team on Thursday seized unaccounted money worth Rs 63. 94 lakh from Mohali and Ladlu regions of the state, bringing the total amount of illegal money recovered to Rs 5.64 crore.

“Lakhs of unaccounted money was seized from four people at different locations after they failed to provide satisfactory documents for the money possessed by them,” said an EC official.

However, the states’ Industry and Trade Inc has demanded the Election Commission to take back its order of seizing cash if carried without any proper evidence.

While talking to the reporters, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said, “The order of the Commission is praiseworthy but we cannot overlook the difficulties of the common man. Something must be done in this regard.”

Chamber of Industrial and Commercial Undertakings (CICU) has asked the EC to increase the limit of carrying cash in public places during the election period to Rs 20 lakh. It has also urged the Commission to accept PAN cards as one of the supporting evidences in this regard.

JPN/Bureau