About 5.23 lakh litres of liquor, Rs 50 lakh in cash and gold and jewellery worth over Rs seven crore have been seized by the EC-appointed surveillance and expenditure monitoring teams in poll-bound Gujarat. As per official data, the Election Commission (EC) teams have so far seized suspected illicit cash amounting to Rs 50 lakh, 5.23 lakh litres of liquor and 24.38 kg of gold and other precious metals valued at Rs 7.33 crore. Gujarat is a dry state. Separately, 3,650 pounds (about Rs 3.11 lakh) have also been seized by the EC teams, as per the data. The EC has appointed about 100 election expenditure observers in Gujarat, apart from other central observers, to keep a check on black money and illegal inducements used to bribe voters. The 182-member Gujarat Assembly will go to the polls in two phases -- on December 9 and 14.
The counting of votes will be taken up on December 18.
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