Gopalaswami’s step “harmful,” says Brinda

Staff Reporter

KOLKATA: Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat on Sunday described Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami’s recommendation to remove Election Commissioner Navin Chawla as a “harmful step.”

“The Chief Election Commissioner has taken a harmful step just one and half months ahead of the Lok Sabha elections,” she said while addressing a rally organised by a zonal committee of the CPI(M).

Ms Karat said such a move was most unexpected from the Chief Election Commissioner, who would be retiring shortly.

“An impartial Election Commission is very necessary for the democratic process in the country. The Commission’s autonomy should be respected,” she said.

Ms. Karat criticised all the past governments at the Centre of using the Commission to serve their narrow political interests.

“It is most unfair to politicise such a body, which is supposed to work independently in the national interest,” she said.

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