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EC's dignity is paramount: Chawla
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January 31, 2009 14:01 IST

Election Commissioner Navin Chawla, whose removal was recommended by Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalswami on Saturday, appeared to be in a combative mood, saying the 'dignity' of the constitutional body is "paramount".

Refusing to comment on the CEC's recommendation, Chawla said the Commission has conducted 'flawless' elections for the past several years. "We will continue to do so."

"The dignity of the Commission is paramount," he told PTI on being asked about Gopalswami's recommendation to the Government seeking his removal based on BJP's petition, which had complained of his "partisan" functioning.

Asked whether he contemplated quitting, Chawla said: "I am not even aware of the CEC recommendations. I do not want to say anything."

The controversy has erupted nearly two months before Gopalaswami's tenure ends.

Chawla, the senior-most Election Commissioner, was considered as the natural choice for the top post when Gopalaswami demits office on April 20.

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