NEW DELHI, Nov 11: Several top Congress leaders, including party chief Sonia Gandhi, condoled on Monday the demise of former chief election commissioner T N Seshan, with Rahul Gandhi saying there was a time when election commissioners were impartial and brave.
In her condolence message, Sonia Gandhi said Seshan was a seasoned civil servant who went on to serve as the Cabinet Secretary.
“Shri Seshan will always be remembered for strengthening the Election Commission of India and pioneering many a far reaching electoral reform,” she said.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi condoled Seshan’s demise and said, “Unlike today, there was a time when our Election Commissioners were impartial, respected, brave and feared. Shri T N Seshan was one of them. My condolences to his family on his passing.”
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said she has fond memories of Seshan and his “wonderfully frank and humour-filled” relationship with her father Rajiv Gandhi.
“His legacy of fearlessness and determination in enabling strong and fair institutions that did not bend to the will of political masters is sorely missed today,” she said.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said democracy of the country will always be proud of Seshan.
“I wish the tradition set by you could have been followed in these times as well through some more brave people,” he said.
“You will always be a source of inspiration to the lovers of democracy,” Surjewala tweeted in Hindi.
Several senior Congress leaders such as Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, Jairam Ramesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Milind Deora, among others, condoled Seshan’s passing away.
In Chandigarh, Amarinder Singh condoled the passing away of Seshan, saying the nation will remember him as an embodiment of fearlessness and conviction.
Seshan’s role “in bringing major electoral reforms will be remembered by generations to come,” he said in a tweet.
“My condolences to his family & friends at this hour of grief,” he further said.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also condoled the demise of Seshan, saying he played an important role in strengthening the country’s electoral system.
Seshan, who ruthlessly enforced the model code of conduct and led the game-changing electoral reforms in the 1990s, died here on Sunday following a cardiac arrest. He was 86. (PTI)