Cumulatively, the surveillance teams have so far seized cash worth Rs 5.7 crore, vehicles worth Rs 3.5 lakh, sarees and blouses worth Rs 30.8 lakh and party accessories worth Rs 27,000.
The byelections are being held to fill the vacancies caused by the disqualification of 17 rebel Congress and JDS MLAs, whose rebellion led to the collapse of the H D Kumaraswamy-led coalition government in July and paved the way for the BJP to come to power.
The raids at the residence of Congress' KB Koliwad come in the run-up to assembly bypolls in 15 segments in Karnataka following the disqualification of the MLAs from Congress and the JD(S) which led to the toppling of the coalition government and installation of the BJP government led by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa.
The state excise department has seized 435 litres of IML and other liquors worth Rs 1,21,538 and booked six heinous cases, one case for Breach of Licence conditions and 51 cases in the last 24 hours. Cumulatively, 224901 litres of IML and other liquor worth Rs 4,68,37,794.
In a major boost for the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, the party on Thursday bagged all the three assembly seats where bypolls were held on November 25 by trouncing the BJP. The TMC won the Kaliaganj, Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur bypolls. The BJP emerged in the second position in all the three seats.
Tapan Deb Sinha of the TMC won the Kaliaganj seat by defeating his nearest rival Kamal Chandra Sarkar of the BJP by 2,304 votes, EC officials said. The TMC is also leading in two other assembly segments, Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur, by 15,000 and 28,000 votes respectively.
Pradip Sarkar of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was leading over his nearest rival Prem Chandra Jha of the BJP by over 13,000 votes in the Kharagpur Sadar seat. In the Kaliaganj Assembly segment, the saffron party's Kamal Chandra Sarkar was ahead of his nearest rival Tapan Deb Sinha of the TMC by 3,156 votes.
"The average voting percentage was 75.48 per cent. The turnout was 77.17 per cent in Kaliaganj, 67.62 in Kharagpur Sadar and 81.23 in Karimpur," the EC said.
Religious polarisation, National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the vote-catching capacity of a renewed Congress-Left Front alliance could be the game changers as principal rivals Trinamool Congress and the BJP battle it out in the bypolls to three Assembly seats in West Bengal to be held on Monday.
It will be the first electoral contest between the two parties since this year's Lok Sabha polls, which saw the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the main opposition in the state, with 18 of the 42 seats in its kitty, just four less than that of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC).
"The 248 candidates have filed 353 nominations by November 18 evening, which was the last date for submitting the papers to contest in the by-elections across the state," the poll official told IANS on Monday night.
The Congress on Saturday released a list of six candidates for the December 5 assembly bypolls in Karnataka. The party has fielded Gajanan Balachandra Mangasuli from Athani, Bharamgouda Alagouda Kage from Kagwad and Lakhan Jarkiholi from Gokak.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday had upheld the disqualification of the 17 MLAs in Karnataka by then Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar, but paved the way for them to contest the bypolls.
The court on Wednesday struck down the portion of the order of then-Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar by which the legislators were disqualified till the end of the 15th Karnataka Assembly and said they can become ministers or hold public office if elected in the December 5 bypolls
The top court said "It is equally binding on the government and the opposition."Justice NV Ramana, reads out 'we do not appreciate the manner in which the petitioners came to the Court'
The Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for the 15 by-elections in Karnataka on December 5 will be re-enforced from Monday
Ahead of the model code of conduct coming into effect from Monday in the 15 assembly constituencies where by-polls are scheduled, Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar said the preparations were afoot for the smooth conduct of elections on December 5. The model code of conduct shall come into force from November 11 in the district or districts in which the whole or any part of the assembly constituency going for byelection is included, Kumar told reporters on Sunday.
The apex court asked the counsel for the MLAs to file a fresh application in this regard.
Kharagpur Sadar in West Midnapore district, Karimpur in Nadia and Kaliaganj in Uttar Dinajpur district are the three West Bengal constituencies heading for by-elections this month.
Earlier, Kedarnath Shukla, a senior BJP MLA, had lashed out at state unit chief Rakesh Singh over the defeat.