Chennai: Former Chief Election Commissioner Tirunellai Narayana Seshan, (TN Seshan) who is well known for his contributions in formulating tectonic reforms in the country’s electoral process during his tenure in the nineties, died of a cardiac arrest on Sunday in Chennai. He was 86 at the time of his death.
A retired 1955 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, TN Seshan had led the Election Commission from 1990 to 1996. As the 10th Chief Election Commissioner of India, he is credited with flexing the poll body’s far-reaching constitutional powers to keep politicians in check.
However, seen as too much of a hurdle by the political class, it was during his tenure that two additional Election Commissioners were appointed by the Centre to clip his wings.
TN Seshan had received the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, considered Asia’s Nobel, for his initiatives in making the electoral process more transparent.
Prominent political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined prominent figures on Twitter to mourn him.