Amid the counting of votes in four states and one union territory for the 2021 assembly elections, the official website of Election Commission of India suddenly stopped updating the numbers on Sunday. As speculated, the poll body has now clarified that the counting process is still going strong, however, its server had slowed down due to heavy traffic.

"Counting has not slowed down, due to heavy load the server has slowed down. Counting is continuing in the constituencies without any let-up," the poll body said, reported ANI.

However, Prashant Kishor, election strategist for TMC and DMK, told India Today that this was nothing but partiality against TMC. "Never seen a more partial Election Commission, it did everything to help BJP," he said, indicating that EC's server slowed down only after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee surged ahead of her opponent and former aide Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram. 

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Meanwhile, the poll panel has asked the West Bengal administration to take action against all police stations that failed to stop enthusiasts from taking out victory rallies. EC also asked all the political parties to restrain their workers from violating COVID-19 guidelines.

Counting of votes for assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry is underway.