All you need to know about Sushil Chandra- the new Chief Election Commissioner of India

Sushil Chandra has been appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner on 12th of April, 2021. He is the 24th head of the country’s poll commission.

President Ram Nath Kovind, on Monday, appointed Sushil Chandra as the Chief Election Commissioner. Former CEC, Sunil Arora, retired on the 12th of April, 2021.

The Ministry of Law has confirmed the piece of information by issuing a statement regarding the appointment of the new CEC. It says, “The President appointed Shri Sushil Chandra the senior-most election commissioner in the Election Commission of India”. Further, the statement clarifies that Sushil Chandra will take charge from Tuesday, 13th April 2021.

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The Ministry of Law said in its press release, “The President appointed Shri Sushil Chandra the senior-most Election Commissioner, as the Chief Election Commissioner in the Election Commission of India. Shri Sushil Chandra will assume the charge of office of the Chief Election Commissioner with effect from the 13th ApriI, 2021 vice Shri Sunil Arora consequent upon his demitting the Office of the Chief Election Commissioner on the 12th April, 2021. A notification in this regard has been issued by Legislative Department, Ministry of Law & Justice today.”

There’s a gripping fact that Chandra was earlier appointed as an Election Commissioner on the 15th of February, 2019, ahead of the Lok Sabha election 2019 after having retired as the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). It was under his leadership that the CBDT launched, “Operation Clean Money” keeping in view to curb illegal money or black money.

In addition to this, Chandra will be unencumbered from the current position on the 14th of May, 2022 plus he is all geared up to supervise the conduct of assembly polls in several states like Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh.

Well, Sushil Chandra has been appointed as the 24th head of the country’s poll commission. Also, President Kovind has appointed him in order to keep up with the tradition to appoint the senior-most election commissioner.

As the new CEC, Chandra will oversee the West Bengal assembly polls which are scheduled to be held in eight phases and will end on the 29th of April, 2021 followed by the declaration of results on the 2nd of May.