‘I will leave when term ends April 20… He (Chawla) will be part of meetings’

Speaking to The Sunday Express on Saturday night from Mumbai,Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami said it would be business...

Written by Suman K Jha | New Delhi | Published: February 1, 2009 1:34:38 am

Speaking to The Sunday Express on Saturday night from Mumbai,Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami said it would be business as usual at the Election Commission.

Will the meetings with representatives of political parties,state chief electoral officers,DGPs and chief secretaries,planned from February 3 onwards,take place as planned?

Of course,the meetings will take place.

Will Navin Chawla take part?

He’s part of the Commission and will naturally be part of these meetings.

When will you demit office?

I will leave on April 20 (when my term ends) and a new CEC takes over on April 21.

When did you write to the President? And why did you take so long?

I wrote it on Jan 16. Mr Chawla took six months to respond (to CEC’s letter to him).

The EC split is reduced to a BJP-Congress split. What does it mean for the credibility of the institution?

Not a word on this.

Why is BJP alone talking on this?

They initially raised the issue but you need to ask them and others.

Your recommendation is binding on the government?

I have done my duty. You need to ask the constitutional experts on this.

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