Mega mobilisation of security personnel in Lok Sabha election bigger than Indian Army’s ‘Operation Brasstacks’


As many as 20 lakh security personnel were deployed in the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls, rendering the exercise bigger than India’s well known ‘Operation Brasstacks’ in the 1980s, which was larger than any NATO exercise since World War-II, officials said Monday.

The ‘Operation Brasstacks’ was a major military exercise of the Indian Army in Rajasthan. It took place in 1986 until its execution in 1987.

The scale of the 2019 general election itself is massive and growing over time as between 1989 and 2019, the number of parties in the fray have increased over 20 times, the size of the electorate has increased by over 80 per cent, the number of polling stations has nearly doubled and the number of contesting candidates has increased by nearly 35 per cent. Read More

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