EC orders Chief Secretaries to file FIRs against congregations in anticipation of poll victory

As the counting of votes for the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Puducherry and Assam is underway, the Election Commission has directed chief secretaries to file an FIR against those people who are celebrating anticipate victory, and also suspend the police station in-charge where such gatherings happen. Responding to queries about reports of celebratory gatherings by supporters of political parties, an EC spokesperson said the poll panel has taken a serious note of some reports of congregations of people to celebrate anticipated victory. Earlier the EC had also banned the victory processions on the counting day to curb the spread of coronavirus.