With several reports of supporters celebrating their party’s lead in the Assembly elections, the Election Commission of India has written to Chief Secretaries of all States/UTs to ensure such victory celebrations are prevented urgently.
In the letter, the EC has said, “It has come to the notice of the Commission through media that at certain locations in some states, public celebrations in the context of today’s counting are being carried out... Such activities must be prohibited urgently.”
EC has said that it takes serious note of reports coming in of congregation of people to celebrate anticipated victory. The EC directed the Chief Secretaries to file FIRs and suspend the responsible SHOs and other officers immediately.
Earlier in the day, several DMK supporters have been seen celebrating outside party headquarters in Chennai when the party was leading by 118 seats in the Tamil Nadu Assembly election. Reportedly, Trinamool Congress supporters have gathered in large numbers in West Bengal as the party crossed 200 seats in the Assembly election.
The Election Commission had banned any victory celebrations and processions due to the Covid-19 situation in India.
According to the latest trends, the Bharatiya Janata Party will retain power in Assam. The Trinamool Congress will get a third term in West Bengal. The Left Democratic Front will get a second consecutive term in Kerala. Meanwhile, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) will come to power in Tamil Nadu.