Navin Chawla

N. Gopalaswami vs Navin Chawla
CEC N. Gopalaswami took on CEC-in-waiting, Navin Chawla, saying the latter should be sacked for his Congress bias. Swami even took exception to Chawla’s frequent loo breaks during crucial EC meetings, alleging he was using the time-off to pass on information. But the man ultimately caved in, even posing for the cameras with his successor.

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Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla shows his finger as he comes out after casting vote at the Nirman Bhawan polling booth in New Delhi. A clerical error in the voters' list created some confusion when Chawla found out that his residential address in the voters' list was wrong.

PTI Photo/Vijay Kumar Joshi

New Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla flanked by Election Commissioner VS Sampath (L) and SY Qureshi after taking charge of office at Nirvachan Sadan in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/Kamal Singh

Outgoing Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami with the next CEC Navin Chawla and Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi in New Delhi. Gopalaswami retires today and Chawla will take charge on April 21, 2009.

AP Photo/Mustafa Quraishi