N Gopalaswami

  • Row after Law Ministry lets out Gopalaswami's letter February 8, 2010

    The Union Law Ministry has exposed documentary evidence of how former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami wanted his deputy Navin Chawla out. The letter Gopalaswami wrote to the President is now out in the open though Chawla had objected to it. ...
  • Ex-CEC Gopalaswami rules out joining politics April 21, 2009

    New Delhi: Former chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami on Tuesday ruled out joining politics, saying he has no plans of entering Parliament, and favoured barring of retired CECs from joining politics 10 years from the time they demit office. "I suppose today you can't enter Parliament unless you are a member...
  • FTE: Poll panel overstepping authority April 21, 2009

    Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami retired on Monday. He was replaced by Election Commissioner Navin Chawla. The BJP however, attacked Chawla demanding that Gopalsawmi's widely known reservations about his successor's political neutrality be made public. The question that was being asked on CNN-IBN's Face The Elections was: Is the EC...
  • Navin Chawla takes over as CEC on Tuesday April 20, 2009

    New Delhi: Navin Chawla will take over as the Chief Election Commissioner on Tuesday succeeding N Gopalaswami who not long ago had recommended his removal from Nirvachan Sadan sparking a huge political controversy. The 63-year-old Chawla, who is the senior-most Election Commissioner after Gopalaswami in the three-member panel, will remain in...
  • UPA cover-up to shield Chawla: BJP | Face The Elections April 21, 2009

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday accused the Congress-led central government of clamming up on outgoing Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami's recommendations asking for the removal of his colleague Navin Chawla. On a day that was Gopalaswami's last day in office, BJP national general secretary Arun Jaitley said...
  • EC rejects petition to dismiss Sonia as MP April 19, 2009

    New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) by a majority opinion has rejected the demand for disqualification of Sonia Gandhi as a Member of Parliament for receiving a foreign award. By a 2-1 vote, Election Commissioners Navin Chawla and SY Quraishi have overturned incumbent Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami’s view that an...
  • Exclusive: CEC breaks silence on Varun speech April 20, 2009

    Two days before he retires from office, outgoing Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami has finally broken his silence on the Varun Gandhi hate speech. Gopalaswami, who retires on Monday, says that all three election commissioners were shocked after watching the CD that contained Varun’s speech. In an exclusive interview...
  • VS Sampath named new Election Commissioner April 15, 2009

    New Delhi: Power Secretary VS Sampath will be the new Election Commissioner, official sources said on Wednesday. Sampath is tipped to take charge on April 20, the day Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami retires, paving way for Election Commissioner Navin Chawla to take up the top job. The 1973 batch Indian Administrative...
  • Proving CD tampered with is Varun's job: CEC March 20, 2009

    New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami has made it clear that the onus of proving that the video CD - containing the inflammatory hate speech by BJP's Varun Gandhi - was tampered with, rests with Varun himself. "We have seen the videos. It is for Varun to prove that...
  • IPL security is not our concern: Poll panel March 16, 2009

    New Delhi: There is more trouble for the Indian Premier League (IPL). After different state government expressed their unwillingness to spare police personnel for security duties during the Twenty20 cricket championship due to General Elections, Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami, too, said he needs more security forces to conduct elections. "About...
  • CPI, BJP for postponement of polls in Kerala March 26, 2009

    Thiruvananthapuram: CPI, BJP and NCP on Wednesday demanded the postponement of Lok Sabha elections in Kerala, slated for April 16, at least by one week on the grounds that the Hindu festival Vishu and the Holy Week of the Christians are preceding the date for voting. This demand was put forward...
  • UP polling stations to have telecom facilities March 5, 2009

    Lucknow: Each of the 128,112 polling stations in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha elections will have at least one telecommunication facility to ensure prompt and direct connectivity with voting officials, India's poll panel chief said in Lucknow on Thursday. "We have taken some special measures to curb cross-border movement of...
  • Model code ends pre poll advertising binge March 5, 2009

    New Delhi: This election is seeing the highest expenditure ever by political parties. Now the election commission says a more or less caretaker government will have to look to for any new model code of conduct. No more foundation stones and new projects to rake in the votes, and no...
  • Differences swept under the carpet, EC is poll ready March 5, 2009

    New Delhi: It may be routine for the three Election Commissioners to come together in announcing General Elections dates but this time it was different. After a public spat between Election Commissioner Naveen Chawla and Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami, it seems the Commission has worked out a truce. One...
  • President rules Chawla to stay, setback for CEC March 2, 2009

    New Delhi: Outgoing Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami will soon be replaced by Election Commissioner Naveen Chawla. After a bitter controversy between Chawla and the out going CEC the battle lines were clearly drawn between the two. The ‘heir apparent’ Naveen Chawla won in the end. Scorching all speculation if there was...
  • Navin Chawla gets govt's support, set to head EC March 1, 2009

    New Delhi: Election Commissioner Navin Chawla is almost certain to take over as the next chief of the Election Commission of India. The President has rejected Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami’s recommendation to remove Chawla. Gopalaswami, in January, wrote to President Pratibha Patil, recommending Chawla's removal for alleged “partisanship”. The President...
  • BJP, Congress lock horns | No political career: CEC February 8, 2009

    New Delhi: The man who is in the eye of the storm for reporting his subordinate officer, the Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami, has ruled out joining any political party after his retirement. He spoke to IBN-7, a channel from the network that airs CNN-IBN. He spoke about that and...
  • Politics of favouritism destroying institutions February 16, 2009

    The battle within the Election Commission just two months ahead of the General Elections is an issue that has split the political class of the country as well. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami has written a letter to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on January 16 asking his colleague Navin...
  • Speaker asks Govt, CEC not to cross threshold February 16, 2009

    New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee has said that the Election Commission should do its work instead of trying to score brownie points. Reacting to the controversy plaguing the three-member poll panel, Chatterjee asked both the Union Government and the Election Commission not to politicise the issue. "There is a lakshman...
  • Uneasy calm at EC: Cong, BJP take spat to next level February 16, 2009

    New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami and Election Commissioner Navin Chawla posed for shutterbugs together for the first time on Tuesday after they got into an ugly public spat over the latter's dismissal. And the occasion for the coming together of the two was the upcoming General Elections. Representatives...
  • EC vs CEC vs Govt: Inside story of split and patchwork February 2, 2009

    New Delhi: In the face-off between Election Commissioner Navin Chawla and CEC, N Gopalaswami, the Government took Chawla's side. Law Minister H R Bhardwaj virtually spelled out the Government’s viewpoint. “Navin Chawla is the senior most EC today,” he said, indicating Gopalaswami shouldn't have acted on his own and recommended...
  • CEC report says Chawla leaked info to Congress February 16, 2009

    New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalswami has alleged in his 900-page report to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil that Election Commissioner Navin Chawla leaked the minutes of the EC meeting to the Congress party. Gopalaswami has reportedly claimed that a senior Congress leader came to meet him within hours of the...
  • Govt backs Chawla, set to reject CEC's report February 16, 2009

    New Delhi: Union Law Minister HR Bhardwaj has backed Election Commissioner Navin Chawla in his battle with Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami. Bhardwaj's statement in support of Chawla and asking Gopalaswami to "do his work in EC and not become a political boss" is a clear indication that the Union Government...
  • BJP on the warpath, wants Navin Chawla out January 31, 2009

    New Delhi: There is a split within the Election Commission after Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami asked for his colleague, Navin Chawla to be removed in a report to President Pratibha Patil. The BJP has wanted Election Commissioner Navin Chawla out for a long time now and it is the one...
  • Split within poll panel, CEC wants Chawla sacked January 31, 2009

    New Delhi: There is a split within the Election Commission after Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy asked for his colleague, Navin Chawla to be removed in a report to President Pratibha Devisingh Patil. Gopalaswamy has pointed to several instances of Chawla's apparent misconduct in the report, which is also raising...
  • General elections in April-May next year: CEC December 8, 2008

    New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy has said that General Elections are likely to be held between the mid April and mid May. There have been speculations that the Lok Sabha elections may be brought forward after the Assembly results of the five states - Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan...
  • EC announces election dates for Jammu and Kashmir October 20, 2008

    Srinagar: Despite the volatile divide between Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)over the Amarnath land row, the much awaited Assembly election dates in the state have been announced by the Election Comission; however, the challenge is to ensure voter turnout. Meanwhile, the election commission had a mean task convincing political...
  • J-K assembly polls likely to be held in Nov-Dec October 9, 2008

    Srinagar: The countdown for elections in Jammu and Kashmir seems to have begun. Chief election commissioner N Gopalaswami's five-member team has wrapped up its visit after meeting Governor N N Vohra, civil, police and security officials in the state. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the agencies are keen that elections be...
  • Mayawati praises EC for 'fair' polls June 20, 2007

    New Delhi: Having won the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections earlier this month, BSP chief and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati was all praise for Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami on Sunday and thanked him for conducting free and fair elections in the state. She added that she hoped future polls...
  • EC chiefs disagree, sometimes June 25, 2007

    New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswamy admits that he and his senior colleagues, the two Election Commissioners, sometimes disagree but insists they always resolve differences. “When three people are there three opinions might come but ultimately the test of the whole thing is that how do you resolve it, how...