New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Saturday reacted to the purported letter written to him by election commissioner Ashok Lavasa that spelled his decision to withdraw from participating in meetings related to Model Code of Conduct (MCC) issues.

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In a letter released by him, Arora said that he has never shied from a public debate but emphasised that “there is time for everything”.

Sunil Arora’s letter read: “The 3 members of EC are not expected to claibe template or clones of each other, there have been so many times in the past when there has been a vast diversion of views as it can, and should be… But the same largely remained within confines of ECI after demission of office unless appearing much later in a book written by the concerned ECs/CECs. I personally never shied away from a public debate whenever required but there is time for everything.”

Election commissioner Ashok Lavasa has recused himself from proceedings of the poll body relating to the violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC), in a strong submission of his dissent.

Lavasa is known to be a dissident of the EC giving a clean chit to PM Modi and Amit Shah for allegedly making “hate speeches” and “using” armed forces for “political propaganda” during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.

Recently, Lavasa shot off a letter to CEC Sunil Arora, stating that he is being forced to stay away from the meetings of the Full Commission since ‘minority decisions’ were not being recorded.

It is believed that Lavasa in his letter underlined that there were several ‘minority decisions’ related to MCC that should find mention in the final orders of the Commission. He mentioned that his notes at several times on the need for more transparency in the recording and disclosure of decisions have gone unheeded, forcing him thereby to withdraw from participating.