Chennai, November 10: Former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India, Tirunellai Narayana Iyer Seshan died on Sunday due to cardiac arrest in Chennai. He was 86 years old. Seshan was the 10th CEC of India between 1990 and 1996. The former CEC was retired 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Tamil Nadu Cadre. He played an instrumental role in strict implementation election code of conduct. It was during his tenure when a limit was imposed on a candidate's expenditure per constituency.
It was during his tenure when a limit was imposed on a candidate's expenditure per constituency. Seshan was also a Cabinet Secretary and Member, Planning Commission of India, before being appointed the Chief Election Commissioner. In 1997, he contested for the post of President of India in 1997. However, he lost to KR Narayanan. The Madras High Court appointed T.N Seshan as an interim administrator to run the Pachaiyappa’s Trust in Chennai on October 17, 2012. Soon after the news of his death surfaced, users on Twitter paid homage to Seshan. TN Seshan Death News on WhatsApp is Fake! Former Chief Election Commissioner is Alive.
Shahshi Tharoor's Tweet:
Sad that former ChiefElectionCommissioner
TN Seshan has passed away in Chennai. He was my father’s classmate at VictoriaCollege Palakkad — a courageous &crusty boss who asserted the ElectionCommission’s autonomy& authority as no CEC before him had done. A pillar of our democracy pic.twitter.com/FfGBuJnWoU
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 10, 2019
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.
— Dr. S.Y. Quraishi (@DrSYQuraishi) November 10, 2019
Chairman, Gujarat Public Service Commision Chaurman Dinesh Dasa's Tweet:
Shri #TNSeshan - the CEC between 1990 and 1996 who gave the Election Commission the face and stature it enjoys today. May his legacy continues in all forms of the governance. The most admiring chapter of Indian Administration ended with his passing away. Om Shanti....!! pic.twitter.com/AaAX2J051T
— Dinesh Dasa (@dineshdasa1) November 10, 2019
Issuance of Voter ID cards and a crackdown on all forms of bribery during the electioneering were some of the most remarkable poll reforms undertaken by him. Seshan had also won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1996. Seshan was born on December 15, 1932 in Palakkad district of Kerala.
Earlier this year in April, fake news had also surfaced claiming that Seshan had died. That was the second time that TN Seshan became a victim of death hoax. Last year also, similar message had surfaced.