Election Commissioner recuses from meetings on MCC

New Delhi: Election Commissioner, Ashok Lavasa has, since May 4 recused himself from all meetings to discuss MCC issues. He has insisted that he will do so only after dissent notes and minority decisions are included in the orders of the commission.

Reportedly, Lavasa disagreed with the poll panel’s decisions to clear Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah of charges of violating the so-called Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

Reports carried by a section of the media stated that Mr Lavasa wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora thrice, asking for minority opinions to be made part of the orders on MCC issues.

The Election Commissioner gave a dissenting opinion in at least four cases, in which the poll panel did not find any violation in the speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, by a majority of 2:1.

In his letters dated May 4, 10 and 14, the Election Commissioner said minority views needed to be included for greater transparency.

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