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Leaders condole death of former CEC T.N. Seshan

T.N. Seshan

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Leaders across the political spectrum on Monday condoled the passing away of the former Chief Election Commisioner, who had initiated the process of cleaning up the electoral system in the 1990s.

Leaders across the political spectrum on Monday condoled the passing away of the former Chief Election Commisioner, who had initiated the process of cleaning up the electoral system in the 1990s.

Pained by his demise: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Seshan was as an outstanding civil servant who served the country with utmost diligence and integrity.

“His efforts towards electoral reforms have made our democracy stronger and more participative. Pained by his demise. Om Shanti,” the Prime Minister wrote on Twitter.

A seasoned civil servant: Sonia

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has expressed her condolences on the passing away of T.N. Seshan.

"A seasoned civil servant who went up to serve as the Cabinet Secretary, Shri Seshan will always be remembered for strengthening the Election Commission of India and pioneering many a far reaching electoral reforms" Ms. Gandhi said.

A stalwart for free and fair elections: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said Seshan's “legendary contribution” to democracy would always remembered.

“Saddened to know about the demise of T.N. Seshan Ji, a stalwart for free and fair elections,” Ms. Banerjee said in a Twitter post.

“His legendary contribution to democracy will be always remembered. My condolences to his family and many admirers,” she said.

Kerala CM condoles death

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday condoled the death of former Chief Election Commissioner T.N. Seshan, and said he had played a key role in making the country’s poll procedures free and fair.

In his message, Mr. Vijayan recalled Seshan was an official who had repeatedly emphasised that there should be no external interference in the elections to make it free and transparent.

During his tenure as the CEC, he established the independent constitutional status and powers of the Election Commission through his effective interventions, the Chief Minister said.

A true legend: Quraishi

Former CEC S.Y. Quraishi said on Twitter that Seshan was a true legend and a guiding force for all his successors. “I pray for peace to his soul.”

He redeemed the autonomy of EC, says Election Commission Office

Election Commission of India said it deeply mourns the death of former Chief Election Commissioner T.N. Seshan. "He redeemed the autonomy and authority that the Constitution has bestowed upon ECI under Art. 324 of the Constitution."

"Refusing to act merely as manager of monitoring of electoral process, he started proactively purging the elections of their evils like money, liquor, muscle power, booth capture etc.," the ECI said in its condolence message.

Seshan exercised his powers for electoral democracy to shine: Stalin

DMK President M.K. Stalin on Monday said the late Chief Election Commissioner T.N. Seshan exercised his powers so that electoral democracy shone brightly in the country.

Condoling Seshan’s death, Stalin in a statement issued here said he exercised all his powers as Chief Election Commissioner to hold independent and honest elections in the country so that electoral democracy shone brightly in the country.

Stalin said Seshan was an example for being strict, honest, objective and his death is a big loss not only for the country but also for all those political parties wishing democracy.

A pillar of our democracy: Tharoor

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, “Sad that former Chief Election Commissioner TN Seshan has passed away in Chennai. He was my father’s classmate at Victoria College Palakkad - a courageous & crusty boss who asserted the ElectionCommission’s autonomy & authority as no CEC before him had done. A pillar of our democracy.”

A Common Man, says Kamal Haasan

The founder of MNM party Kamal Hassan in a tweet said: “TN Seshan will be remembered as an embodiment of courage & conviction.A It was he who brought the powerful role of the “Election Commission” into the drawing room discussion of the Common Man.”

India will always remember him as a great administrator

Maharashtra’s caretaker Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday condoled the demise of former chief election commissioner (CEC) T.N. Seshan, describing him as a great administrator.

 

Seshan, 86, who ruthlessly enforced the model code of conduct and led the game-changing electoral reforms in the 1990s, died in Chennai on Sunday following a cardiac arrest.

“Sad to know about the demise of Former Chief Election Commissioner Shri T.N.Seshanji. Known for electoral reforms, as a CEC he set a precedent for his successors. India will always remember him as a great administrator,” Mr. Fadnavis tweeted.

Rahul Gandhi

“Unlike today, there was a time when our Election Commissioners were impartial, respected, brave and feared. Shri T N Seshan was one of them. My condolences to his family on his passing,” Mr. Gandhi said on Twitter.

(With inputs from our Correspondents, agencies)

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