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The President has appointed Sushil Chandra as the new Election Commissioner. Sushil Chandra’s appointment fills the vacancy caused after the retirement of O.P. Rawat, as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). Sushil Chandra will join other two members of the Commission, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner (EC) Ashok Lavasa. The appointment was made under the clause (2) of Article 324 of the constitution.
Clause (2) of Article 324
The Election Commission shall consist of the Chief Election Commissioner and such number of other Election Commissioners, if any, as the President may from time to time fix. The appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners shall, subject to the provisions of any law made in that behalf by Parliament be made by the President.
The President appoints the Election Commissioner based on the recommendations of the cabinet under the Transaction of Business Rules of 1961.
Sushil Chandra is currently serving as the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT). He is the second Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer to be appointed to the Commission after T.S. Krishnamurthy, who went on to become the CEC in 2004.
Sushil Chandra is a B. Tech from IIT Roorkee and who also holds a law degree. He joined the Revenue Service in 1980. He has served as Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals) International Taxation in Delhi, Director of Investigation, Mumbai and Director General Investigation, Gujarat.
The President of India Ram Nath Kovind has unveiled the life size portrait of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the Central Hall of Parliament on 12th February 2018. There were many other leaders present including Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and many other Union Ministers.
Key Facts About Atal Bihari Vajpayee
- Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee was born on December 25, 1924, in Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh. He passed away on August 16, 2018.
- He was a member of the Indian Parliament for over four decades He was one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh. He worked as its President from 1968 to 1972 and then resigned in 1978. He became the first President of the BJP in 1980.
- He served as the Minister of External Affairs in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Morarji Desai from 26 March 1977 to 28 July 1979
- He served three terms as the Prime Minister of India – first term was for a term of 13 days in 1996, second was for a period of 13 months from 1998 to 1999 and the third was for a full term from 1999 to 2004
- He was the first non-Indian National Congress leader to serve a full-term as the Indian Prime Minister.
- Under his tenure, India had conducted the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998. The Kargil War was also fought during his tenure.
- He had always given his best efforts to normalize and better relations with Pakistan.
- He was awarded the Bharat Ratna Award by the then Indian President Pranab Mukherjee in 2015.
- His birthday is observed as the Good Governance Day
- He is also known for his poetry.
- PM Modi had released a commemorative coin in memory of Mr. Vajpayee on December 24, 2018 on the occasion of his 94th Birthday
About the Portrait
The Parliament’s Portrait Committee chaired by Sumitra Mahajan decided to install the portrait in a meeting on December 18. Portraits of former PMs Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi also adorn the walls of Central Hall.