Former Chief Election Commissioner and the man responsible for ushering in electoral reforms Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan passed away following a cardiac arrest. He was 87 years old and was not keeping good health for the past couple of years.
TN Seshan was the 10th Chief Election Commissioner and had served form December 12, 1990, till December 11, 1996. He was popularly known for enforcing the Model Code of Conduct. Seshan also waged war against the tendency of politicians to flout the model code of conduct, which they were supposed to abide by.
TN Seshan was a retired 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu cadre. Seshan had earlier served as the 18th Cabinet Secretary of India in 1989. He had also won the Ramon Magsaysay Award for his services to the government in 1996.
Former CEC SY Quraishi said on Twitter,”Sad to announce that Shri TN Seshan passed away a short while ago. He was a true legend and a guiding force for all his successors. I pray for peace to his soul.”
In a tweet marking condolence on the death, PM Modi said that Shri TN Seshan was an outstanding civil servant who served India with utmost diligence and integrity. PM Modi also said that TN Seshan’s efforts towards electoral reforms have made our democracy stronger and more participative.
Shri TN Seshan was an outstanding civil servant. He served India with utmost diligence and integrity. His efforts towards electoral reforms have made our democracy stronger and more participative. Pained by his demise. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 10, 2019