Bengaluru: May 23 marks the end of the Lok Sabha election season with the declaration of results. Bengaluru City Police has announced that there will be a ban on sale of liquor and also that prohibitory orders under section 144 near counting centres will be in effect.

Speaking to Asianet Newsable, City Police Commissioner, T Suneel Kumar said." The decision was taken keeping the safety of public and property in mind. Sale of liquor is banned from 6am to 11:59pm on May 23. Prohibitory orders also will be in place and more than five people will not be allowed to gather or loiter near counting centres." 

Police are taking the efforts to minimise, if not prevent, damage to public property as under the influence of alcohol, miscreants may take out processions of victory or defeat, putting the safety of lives and private property at risk.

For Bengaluru North Lok Sabha seat, the EVMs and VVPATs are being guarded at Mount Carmel College on Palace Road. For Bengaluru Central seat, the machines are stored at St Joseph's Indian School, Vittal Mallya Road and for Bengaluru South Lok Sabha seat the machines are housed at SSMRV college, Jayanagar 4th T Block.

Key battles: For Bengaluru North seat, Karnataka agriculture minister and Congress candidate Krishna Byre Gowda is up against Union minister and BJP leader DV Sadananda Gowda.
For the Bengaluru Central seat, the fight is between Congress candidate Rizwan Arshad and BJP's PC Mohan. For the Bengaluru South seat, Congress stalwart BK Hariprasad and BJP's young gun Tejasvi Surya have locked horns.