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Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa skips EC meeting over dissent on clean chits

New Delhi | Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has rescued himself of the meeting of the poll body after disagreeing with the Election Commission’s decision to give a clean chit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah over violation of Model Code of Conduct.

Expressing his dissent over the poll body’s decision, Lavasa wrote a letter to the Cheif Election Commissioner 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. He further added that “My participation in the deliberations of the Commission becomes meaningless since my minority decisions go unrecorded.”

Lavasa’s letter further states “I might consider taking recourse to other measures aimed at restoring the lawful functioning of the Commission in terms of recording minority decisions”.”My various notes on the need for transparency in the recording and disclosure of all decisions including the minority view have gone unheeded, forcing me to withdraw from participating in the deliberations on the complaints,” he added.

According to sources, after receiving the letter CEC Sunil Arora called for a meeting with Lavasa. However, it is still unsure whether the meeting actually took place or not.

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