As jubilant supporters of various political parties were seen celebrating the election results in various parts of the country, the Election Commission directed state chief secretaries to file FIRs against those violating Covid-19 norms.
Kolkata, suburbs surrounding it and some rural areas are witnessing celebrations by All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) workers. Hundreds of mask-less supporters, faces smeared in green, were seen waving flags outside the party office — a dangerous situation in a state where Covid is threatening to spill out of control. Similar celebrations were seen in rural areas.
The Election Commission had banned victory roadshows and vehicle rallies in view of the steep surge in Covid-19 cases in the country. The poll watchdog has asked the chief secretaries to suspend the police station in charge where such gatherings were taking place.
“ECI takes serious note of reports coming in of congregation(s) of people to celebrate anticipated victory. EC has directed Chief Secretaries of all 5 states to file FIR in each such case, suspend concerned SHO and report action taken immediately of each such incident,” the Election Commission of India said.
AITC and DMK workers and supporters were seen celebrating in Kolkata and Chennai respectively as trends showed the parties ahead in the poll race.
“The cadres are simply jubilant. Our leader’s advice to the cadres is that let them celebrate from their homes as Election Commission is taking serious note of any violation. We are a responsible political party,” ANI quoted DMK leader TKS Elangovan as saying.
The counting of votes for the assembly polls in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and the Union Territory of Puducherry is underway at a time the country is grappling with a raging Covid-19 pandemic. The counting process began at 8 AM.
India reported 3,689 Covid-19 fatalities, pushing the death toll to 2,15,542, while the caseload mounted to 1,95,57,457, with 3,92,488 more people testing positive for the disease, according to the Union health ministry data.