Allegations Made With Little Facts: Election Body New Chief's Dig At AAP

Allegations Made With Little Facts: Election Body New Chief OP Rawat's Dig At AAP

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat told NDTV that convicted politicians should be kept out of elections

NEW DELHI:  OP Rawat, who took over as the Chief Election Commissioner today told NDTV, that the poll body had always been “neutral and unbiased”, an assertion that comes against the backdrop of the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party dragging the poll panel into an unseemly controversy after its “opinion” led to the disqualification of 20 AAP lawmakers.

Mr Rawat brushed aside the allegations that had been levelled against the poll panel.

“Some people have their perception and with little facts at hand, they make allegations,” Mr Rawat told NDTV in an exclusive interview that saw the country’s top election official also talk about the possibility of simultaneous elections, the need to keep criminals out of electoral politics and the controversial election in Chennai’s RK Nagar that saw large-scale influence of money power.


Mr Rawat had initially recused himself from hearing the AAP case last year after statements from AAP leaders questioning his independence because he was seen to be close to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
But he again started dealing with the case from September last year when AAP leaders next claimed that an opinion delivered by only two – and not the full quorum of three election commissioners – would not be valid.

Source: New feed

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