With Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami recommending the removal of his colleague Navin Chawla, CPI(M) today said the integrity of the Election Commission should be maintained for upholding the country's democracy.
In the backdrop of the controversy, CPI-M General Secretary Prakash Karat suggested that the country also needed a few more members in the Election Commission. The left party had already made recommendations regarding reforms to be undertaken in the appointment of election commissioners and conduct of the polls.
Those who served as election commissioner should not take any government posts, or contest in elections after their retirement, he said.
Karat also pointed out that reforms need to be undertaken to prevent any such controversy as election commissioners had so far been appointed either by the BJP-led NDA or the Congress-led UPA.
The party was against sacking of Navin Chawla, and it had criticised the move, he said.
On the coming Lok Sabha elections, he said the secular parties should join hands to form a third front to defeat the Congress and BJP led coalitions.
On the possible seat-sharing, Karat said he would discuss with CPI-M's local wing and allies. "We have identified some seats in Tamil Nadu and will divulge the details at the appropriate time," he added.
To a query, he said that the government must invest more on job creation as lakhs of people were losing jobs because of the recession. The Banks had not done anything for the common people, he charged.