FLASH : AP cadre man appointed as CEC

With all the smoldering controversy over Navin Chawla and with Chief Election Commissioner(CEC) N Gopalswami retiring on April 20, Dr Manmohan Singh with the active association of his Congress party and the tacit understanding of the UPA partners, issued a GO appointing V S Sampath, IAS as the next CEC.

BJP has been heaping burning coals on Navin Chawla, a known Congress sympathizer, likely to succeed and appointed as CEC after the retirement of N Gopalswami, said to be an Advani fan.

Union government sources say that the present Central Power Secretary V S Sampath, IAS, from Andhra Pradesh cadre has been appointed as the next election commissioner

Sampath, a 1973 batch IAS officer, was never in the reckoning with names such as Maharashtra Chief Secretary Johny Joseph, Karnataka chief secretary Sudhakar Rao, former Power Secretary Anil Razdan and Law Secretary TK Vishwanathan doing the power-packed rounds.

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