Mumbai, October 19: The Election Commission seized Rs 4 crore in cash from Worli, the constituency featuring the candidature of Aaditya Thackeray, the founder of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. The confiscation of cash, in such high amount, was reported on Friday evening, shortly after the campaigning for the Maharashtra assembly elections 2019 came to a draw.
Briefly after the rigorous provisions of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) - which bars electioneering in the 48 hours preceding the end of voting - the Election Commission officials based in South Mumbai raided a location in Worli where Rs 4 crore of unaccounted wealth in the form of cash was confiscated.
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The money could had possibly been used for swaying the electorate behaviour, said officials. The EC is conducting a further probe into the matter. No detentions were made by the police till the time preliminary reports had emerged.
In Mumbai, a total of 36 constituencies will be contested. The city forms a major block in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly. The BJP-Shiv Sena combine had won 29 out of the 36 constituencies in the city in 2014.
In Worli, where the cash seizure was reported today, NCP's tallest leader from the constituency Sachin Ahir made his way to the Shiv Sena in July. With his entry into the Thackeray-led party, pollsters predicted a massive win for the Sena from the assembly segment.