Bengal Governor finally clears name of new state election commissioner

by IANS |

Kolkata, June 7 (IANS) After a month-long uncertainty, the Governor House in West Bengal has ultimately cleared the name of retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and former state chief secretary Rajiva Sinha as the new state elections commissioner.

The chair of the West Bengal State Election Commissioner had been lying vacant following the end of the tenure of the previous commissioner Saurav Das on May 28.

However, tension had been brewing between the state secretariat and the Governor House over the selection of the new commissioner for quite some time.

First, the state government has recommended the name of only Rajiva Sinha for the chair. However, Governor C.V. Ananda Bose refused to clear the name on the basis of a single recommendation. Thereafter, the state government had also forwarded the name of the current additional chief secretary to the department of North Bengal development Ajit Ranjan Bardan as the second recommendation.

However, the Governor House insisted on getting a third recommendation from the state secretariat on this count, which the latter refused to abide by. The state government's contention was that although the Chief Election Commissioner of India is appointed from three recommended names, the same criterion is not applicable in case of appointment of state election commissioner.

At that point of time even the chief minister Mamata Banerjee had expressed anguish over the delay in appointment of the state election commissioner. "We have never faced such hurdles in the process before. I hope that good sense will prevail," the chief minister said.

However, finally the deadlock on the issue ended on Wednesday with the Governor House clearing the name of Sinha.

Latest News
With Nawaz Sharif set for comeback, Shehbaz gets ready for Punjab Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 03:32 PM
IMF bailout conditions make life harder for ordinary people in Pak Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 03:31 PM
Rajouri attack case: NIA conducts raids in J&K's Poonch on LeT OWGs suspect premises Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 03:30 PM
Armed forces, police to jointly combat gang violence in Sweden: PM Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:46 PM
Life is full of surprises, honestly did not think I would be here, says Ashwin Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:40 PM
Bengal: Pregnant woman murdered by husband, in-laws in anticipation of girl child Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:34 PM
Ahmedabad cyber crime, customs department bust international drug trafficking racket Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:29 PM
Knee held up pretty well, it wasn't a reality certainly five months ago, says Kane Williamson Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:28 PM
New study finds brain-based treatment of chronic back pain Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:21 PM
Netflix ends subscriber-based DVD rental service Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:18 PM
Jaipur: Youth lynched to death over bikes collision; huge police force deployed Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:13 PM
Republican-led House fails to approve stopgap bill as US govt braces for another shutdown Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:12 PM
Ministers, thinkers, actors receive life threatening letters in Karnataka Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:11 PM
Indian-American Nikki Haley beats Biden by 19 points among Independents: Poll Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:07 PM
Heat-related deaths in S.Korea quadruple on-year in 2023 Sat, Sep 30, 2023, 02:04 PM