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Om Prakash Rawat took over as new CEC today

Om Prakash Rawat took over as new CEC today

Hours after he took over as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India on Tuesday, Om Prakash Rawat said that there is "no weakness" in Election Commission's decision on disqualifying 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) lawmakers in office of profit case.

Days after a fresh push by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls, Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat had a word of caution saying, the legal framework required to hold the two elections together will take a "lot of time" to get ready.

"Preparing legal framework, making amendments to the laws will take time". During his tenure as Election Commissioner, Assembly elections in Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat were conducted successfully.

The Election Commission (EC) is keeping its options open on the recently notified electoral bonds scheme for funding political parties.

OP Rawat did postgraduation in MSC from Banaras Hindu University.

A retired 1977 Madhya Pradesh batch IAS cadre, he assumed office as one of the two Election Commissioners of India on 14 August 2015. Mr Rawat served as Secretary, Union Public Enterprises, and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence before his retirement in 2013.

The EC is also going to launch an "outfit" on Wednesday which will mark its foray into social media. Rawat is expected to head the polling monitor till December 2018.

Crucial States like Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh will also go to the polls under his watch.

Rawat will take over as the CEC on January 23, a law ministry notification said.

A retired IAS officer, Rawat was serving as the Election Commissioner.


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