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Quereshi appointed 3rd Election Commissioner

india Updated: Jun 29, 2006 22:00 IST
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After weeks of intense speculation, SY Quereshi, Secretary in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, was on Thursday appointed the third Election Commissioner of India.

Quereshi fills the slot following the appointment of N Gopalaswamy as Chief Election Commissioner succeeding present incumbent BB Tandon who steps down on Friday.

Navin Chawla is the other commissioner.

Tandon had come under criticism from the Left parties for his handling of the office-of-profit issue, particularly on the poll panel's action on the disqualification petitions against Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and nine other MPs of the Communist Party of India-Marxist.