New Delhi: In midst of Lok Sabha elections 2019, election commissioner Ashok Lavasa has recused himself from proceedings of the poll body relating to Model Code of Conduct (MCC) issues, in a strong submission of his dissent.
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Ashok Lavasa is known to be a dissident of the EC giving clean chits to PM Modi and Amit Shah for allegedly making “hate speeches” and “using” armed forces for “political propaganda” during the ongoing Lok Sabha polls.
According to a report in NDTV, Lavasa shot off a letter to Chief Election Commissioner (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. In the letter, he has reportedly mentioned that he will join the poll body meetings over MCC issues only when ‘dissent notes’ and ‘minority decisions’ are included in the orders of the Commission.
It is believed that Lavasa in his letter underlined that there are several ‘minority decisions’ related to MCC that should find mention in the final orders of the Commission.
The letter is also reported to read that Lavasa believes that his attendance in such meetings amounts to futility and that he now intends to stay away from such.
He mentioned that his notes on several occasions on the need for more transparency in the recording and disclosure of decisions have gone unheeded, forcing him thereby to withdraw from participating.