The union home ministry on Wednesday alerted state Chief Secretaries police chiefs on the possibility of eruption of violence in ‘different parts’ of the country during the counting of votes on 23 May.
News agency ANI reported that the MHA had asked states and Union Territories to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquility. The news agency also reported that states and Union Territories were asked to take adequate measures for the security of strongrooms and venues of counting of votes.
The latest directive by the MHA has come amidst several reports that violence may erupt if the BJP-led alliance indeed secured the kind of majority several exit polls predicted earlier this week.
States/UTs were further asked to take adequate measures for the security of strong rooms and venues of counting of votes. This is in the wake of calls given and statements made in various quarters for inciting violence and causing disruption on the day of counting of votes. https://t.co/1A8T5cCgoO
— ANI (@ANI) May 22, 2019
The seven-phase parliamentary polls had concluded on 19 May, when several TV channels made their predictions public. Except the one by ABP News, all exit poll predictions had given an overwhelming majority to the BJP. Two exit polls, done by Aaj Tak and Today’s Chanakya, had said that Modi’s win will be bigger than what he secured in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.