Former Chief Election Commissioner T N Seshan was cremated at Besant Nagar electric crematorium in Chennai after a host of leaders and well-wishers paid floral tributes at his Alwarpet residence on Monday.
Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain flew down from Delhi and conveyed condolences at their residence, Seshan’s family said. In a condolence message, the EC said, “Seshan redefined the very grammar of the electoral process...he redeemed the autonomy and authority that the Constitution has bestowed upon ECI under Article 324 of the Constitution.”
From a career bureaucrat, he repositioned himself as “Chief Election Commissioner of India” who reminded people the power of vote. “He will remain an icon for the Election Commission and the nation forever. Seshan has left behind a rich legacy for the Commission and will continue to inspire us at the Election Commission of India. We pray for the noble departed soul and convey our profound condolences,” Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora and Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Ashok Lavasa said in their condolence.
DMK president MK Stalin, senior AIADMK leader and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar, former Union Ministers Pon Radhakrishnan and GK Vaasan were among those who paid tributes at Seshan’s residence.