The tenure of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora, a retired IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, will come to an end on April 12. Arora will be bidding adieu to the Election Commission while the Assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will be at the midway stage. The result for the polls will be declared on May 2.
Arora, who has a successful record as a bureaucrat, will be leaving the EC after completing 65 years of age. Notably, the appointments as election commissioners or as the CEC are for a maximum period of six years or 65 years of age.
The EC has been attracting a lot of criticism by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been repeatedly blaming the poll panel for playing at the hands of the BJP.
Sunil Arora will be succeeded by Sushil Chandra
Arora will be succeeded by an Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Sushil Chandra. Chandra is the senior-most election commissioner after Arora and will be the first revenue service officer to head the poll panel. But, Sushil Chandra will have a tenure which would be less than a year as he would retire on May 14, 2022.
A former Jharkhand cadre IAS officer, Rakesh Kumar, who was appointed in September 2020 as an election commissioner, will replace Chandra and he would head the poll panel till 2025 when the Lok Sabha elections will be held.
Sunil Arora’s career
Arora served as the principal secretary to both Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and later Vasundhara Raje. He has been a favourite of the BJP governments both in the Centre and also in the state. Following his retirement as the information and broadcasting secretary, he was made the election commissioner in 2017. He also served as the CMD of Indian Airlines.
The grapevine in Delhi says that Arora is being tipped for a gubernatorial position after his tenure in the EC comes to an end.
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