The CPI(M) lashed out at CEC N Gopalswami's recommendation to remove Election Commissioner Navin Chawla, terming the move as "out of bounds" and demanded that the proposal, which raised suspicion of members "playing politics", be rejected by the government.
Criticising the BJP and the Congress for nominating their "pet bureaucrats" in the Election Commission leading to its "degeneration", the Marxist party called for urgent reforms of the central poll authority.
CPI(M) had made its displeasure about the functioning of the Commission known after its "bitter experience" on the "manner" in which the West Bengal Assembly elections were held in 2006.
"The suo motu recommendation by Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami to remove one of the Election Commissioners Navin Chawla is out of bounds and can only damage the institution of the Election Commission," a CPI(M) Polit Bureau statement said.
Noting that the EC played a vital role in the constitutional scheme and in the parliamentary democratic system, it said, "the BJP and the Congress while in power have had a narrow approach of putting in place their pet bureaucrats to man the Commission which has led to the degeneration of this independent body."
"Any suspicion that the members of this constitutional body are playing politics will harm the institution. The demand of the Chief Election Commissioner should therefore be rejected," the statement said.