New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday said that the raids conducted across five poll-bound states have led to the recovery of Rs.42.78 crore illegal money. The EC said till date Rs 42.78 crore had been seized since campaigning began in all five poll-bound states, with major share of Rs 29.65 crore being reported from Uttar Pradesh alone.

According to the EC data, till date 29.65 crore has been seized from the largest populous state of Uttar Pradesh. On Monday again Rs 5 lakh was seized from the state.

Earlier, the Election Commission had enhanced the limit of carrying cash from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2.50 lakh during the period when model code of conduct is in force.

Further, the EC stated, till Monday the commission has seized Rs 12.11 crore from Punjab, Rs 55 lakh from Uttarakhand, Rs 47 lakh from Manipur. The commission on Monday also seized Rs 70 lakh from Punjab and Rs 7 lakh from Uttarakhand.

Earlier on Sunday, the concerned officials had seized 12 kg heroin from Punjab.

EC officials said this indicated that black money was being circulated in a bid to woo the voters.

However, no details regarding poll-bound Goa were available.

The Election Commission has announced seven-phased polls in Uttar Pradesh between February 8 and 28, while Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttarakhand will be held in a single phase on January 30.

Assembly elections in Manipur and Goa will be held on January 28 and March 3 respectively.

Counting of votes in all the states will take place on March 4.

(JPN/Bureau)