Election 2019: States issued alerts over violence fear

The 2019 General Elections will be coming to end tomorrow with the counting of votes on May 23. Ahead of votes coting, the centre has issued alert to states with the possibility of violence in different parts of the country in connection with the counting of votes on Thursday.

The alert has been communicated by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to the state Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police, an official said. The counting of votes for the just-held Lok Sabha elections will start on Thursday. The Ministry has asked the states and the Union Territories (UTs) to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquillity.

The states and the UTs were further asked to take adequate measures to safeguard the strong rooms where the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) are kept and the venues of counting of votes, the official said. The alert mentioned that it was being issued in the wake of calls given and statements made in various quarters for inciting violence and causing disruption on the day of the counting of votes.