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CEC's recommendation binding on government: Jaitley

india Updated: Jan 31, 2009 20:01 IST

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The BJP on Saturday said the recommendation of Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami for the removal of his colleague Navin Chawla from the poll panel is binding on the government.

As per the Constitution, the CEC has the power to recommend removal of any member from the panel, senior party leader Arun Jaitley told reporters in the capital.

"Central government has no discretion in this matter. It is bound by this recommendation," Jaitley said.

He said there are allegations that Chawla suffers from political bias.

"He has bias in favour of ruling party that comprises the Central government. The beneficiary of the bias cannot adjudicate the existence of the bias," he said.

"This has to be adjudicated by an independent Constitutional authority. That authority has been provided in the Constitutions as CEC," Jaitley said.

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