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NEW DELHI: Opposition parties on Wednesday accused the BJP government of weakening the Election Commission and raised doubts over the selection of poll panel members after the Supreme Court asked the Centre to produce the file on the recent appointment of Arun Goel as election commissioner.
Congress, TMC, JD(U), RJD and the Left parties said the Election Commission should be above board to ensure free and fair polls, and some of them demanded that key appointments of the poll body be made by a special panel like in the case of the CBI director.
Congress spokesperson and senior lawyer Abhishek Singhvi said the Centre should never object to showing appointment papers regarding Arun Goel to the apex court, especially since a Constitution bench is seized of the issue of appointment of EC members.
JD(U) secretary general K C Tyagi said the SC’s remarks were alarming and depicted the state of affairs in the Election Commission. “The Election Commission should be neutral and fearless. The SC’s remarks reflect the manner in which the EC has been lax in some cases and sometimes tilts in favour of the ruling party,” Tyagi said.
“While this issue (of appointment of ECs) is being reviewed by the Supreme Court itself, we have always demanded that the appointment of the CEC and the election commissioners should be in the process that is in place to appoint the director of the CBI and the Lokpal,” CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said.
“In the last half a dozen years or so, the abbreviation EC has come to mean ‘Extremely Compromised’. The Modi government works selfishly to weaken institutions,” alleged Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien .

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