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Mystery behind Election Commissioner's resignation

Mystery behind Election Commissioner's resignation

The sudden resignation of Election Commissioner ArunGoyal has sent shockwaves through the political landscape of India, raising pertinent questions about the integrity of the electoral process. Coming at a crucial juncture when preparations for the LokSabha elections are in full swing, Goyal's departure has left a void in the Election Commission, exacerbating concerns about the functioning of one of the pillars of Indian democracy.
With Goyal's exit, the number of vacancies in the Election Commission rises to two, leaving only Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar at the helm. This development, coupled with the recent retirement of Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey, underscores the urgent need to address the vacancies to ensure the Commission's effectiveness in overseeing the electoral process.
The circumstances surrounding Goyal's resignation, particularly its timing and the lack of clarity regarding the reasons behind it, have fueled speculation and raised eyebrows. Questions abound: Did conflicts of opinion with Chief Election Commissioner Rajeev Kumar prompt Goyal's departure? Was there external pressure, perhaps from the ruling BJP government, influencing his decision? Is there a hidden agenda, such as postponing the elections or appointing more favorable commissioners?
Opposition parties have wasted no time in expressing their concerns, alleging that Goyal's resignation may be indicative of undue interference by the government in autonomous institutions, mirroring similar accusations leveled against agencies like the CBI, Enforcement Directorate, and Income Tax Department.
The silence surrounding the true reasons behind Goyal's departure only serves to deepen the sense of apprehension and skepticism among the populace. As the cornerstone of democracy, the electoral process must remain transparent and free from any semblance of manipulation or political interference.