It is hugely ironical that the BJP (and thus also their candidate from Pilibhit parliamentary constituency, Varun Gandhi) should accuse the Election Commission of bias against the young lad due to the presence of Chief Election Commissioner designate, Naveen Chawla. But before we get to explaining that irony, here are a few facts.
THE recommendation of the chief election commissioner (CEC) to the president of India seeking the removal of election commissioner, Navin Chawla, on grounds of `bias' has eroded the institutional credibility of the Election Commission by raising questions of the integrity of its members and also regarding its collective functioning. The CEC's recommendation becomes all the more suspect as it comes both on the eve of his retirement on April 20 and on the eve of the 15th general elections scheduled for April/May, 2009,says a People's Democracy editorial.
In a country as huge, as diverse and as complex as India, consigning the bread and butter issues of peoples livelihood to the backburner can only signal an unmitigated disaster. In election after election, the incumbents are being voted out of office. To ensure that such changes are better informed. And daily discourse, particularly those elections be premised on the policies that parties espouse, so that there can be intermittent reality checks. That is the only way to ensure transparency and accountability.
"The CEC seems driven by good intentions. But the way to hell is often paved with good intentions", Prakash Karat says in an article pointing out to differential treatment on political campaigning by the Chief election commissioner, N.Gopalaswami.