The Election Commission of India (ECI) has taken serious note of reports of people disobeying COVID-19 disease protocols and assembling at various places to celebrate the anticipated triumph of their leaders and parties. Supporters of various political parties have gathered for celebrations based on early trends.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has also ordered the Chief Secretaries of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Union Territory of Puducherry to file First Information Reports (FIR) in such cases. Moreover, the poll panel has told the Station House Officers (SHO) of the concerned police stations should be suspended in view of their negligence to ensure that people follow the Commission's orders.
Acknowledging the order, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader TKS Elangovan told the 'jubilant' cadres to celebrate at their homes. "The cadres are simply jubilant. Our leader's advice to the cadres is that let them celebrate from their homes as the Election Commission is taking serious note of any violation. We are a responsible political party," he said.
After a high-powered election campaign in West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the union territory of Puducherry, ballot-counting has begun in all four states and the Union Territory with results expected to pour in from 5 pm.