On his last day in office as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) SY Qureshi rejected senior BJP leader LK Advani's demand for a collegium to choose the Election Commissioner and also Team Anna's demand for a Right to Recall MPs. Qureshi said that his greatest regret was he was unable to stop money power in elections. Qureshi spoke to CNN-IBN's Deputy Chief of Bureau Pallavi Ghosh.
Here is an excerpt of the interview:
Pallavi Ghosh: Mr Advani has spoken about a collegium on the Election Commission? You agree? You think it is possible?
SY Qureshi: I have a different take on this. I don't think it is possible to have a collegium. You can choose on the Election Commissioners but it would not be right to have a collegium on Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). Election Commissioners should be promoted.
Pallavi Ghosh: What about money power? We saw it in the recent Andhra Pradesh by-polls? Does it upset you?
SY Qureshi: Yes. The one unfinished task I have left is we haven't been able to fight money power. Two things I had on agenda. One was money power and the other was voter apathy which I could deal with.
Pallavi Ghosh: And Team Anna's demand for a Right to Recall? You think that is possible?
SY Qureshi: Right to Recall is not possible. This would give rise to controversies. In India it is easy to get 5000 letters signed.