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‘What a coincidence, all 3 election commissioners from UP’: Congress leader Raj Babbar

Congress leader Raj Babbar on Thursday took to Twitter to say that it was quite a coincidence that all three election commissioners have a connection to Uttar Pradesh.

Congress leader Raj Babbar said that it was quite a coincidence that all three election commissioners have a connection to Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: PTI file)

Congress leader Raj Babbar said that it was quite a coincidence that all three election commissioners have a connection to Uttar Pradesh. (Photo: PTI file)

After former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Anup Chandra Pandey was appointed as the new Election Commissioner of India on Tuesday, senior Congress leader on Thursday took to Twitter to say, “What a coincidence – all three election commissioners are from UP!”

Pandey has filled the vacancy created by the retirement of former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora. He has joined CEC Sushil Chandra and Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar in the top executive body of the Election Commission of India (ECI).

UP CONNECTION?

While Sushil Chandra, who worked in the revenue department for 38 years, has previously served in Uttar Pradesh, Rajiv Kumar is from the state. Kumar is a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Services officer and held the position of finance secretary previously.

Anup Chandra Pandey, 62 years of age, is a retired 1984 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre. He has held positions at both the state and central levels over his nearly 35-year-long career.

Pandey served as Uttar Pradesh’s chief secretary under chief minister Yogi Adityanath from July 2018 to August 2019. He was earlier the state’s industrial development commissioner.

UP ELECTION

Congress leader Raj Babbar’s tweet about all three of them being from Uttar Pradesh ends with “#UPElection2022”.

Pandey’s appointment has restored the Election Commission of India to its full strength ahead of elections in Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh next year.

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