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Election Commission or Election Omission?: Congress Calls Ashok Lavasa-EC Tiff ‘Another Dark Day For Democracy’

"SC Judges going public, RBI Governor's resigning, CBI Director getting removed, CVC giving vacuous reports. Now dividing Election Commission!"

The Congress party on Saturday, May 18, hit out at the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government over Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa recusing himself from EC meetings to discuss poll code violations. Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said the erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the saffron party government.

Citing media reports which claimed Lavasa, who disagreed with the poll panel’s decisions to clear Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of charges of violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), and had since May 4 recused himself from all meetings to discuss MCC issues, Surjewala said, “The Election Commission or Election Omission! Another Dark Day for Democracy!” Surjewala tweeted, tagging the media report.

“Sh Ashok Lavasa, Member CEC, who dissented on multiple occasions when EC was busy giving clean chits to Modi-Shah duo, opts out of EC as the ECI even refuse to record dissent notes,” he said.

Lavasa had written to the Chief Election Commissioner on May 4, saying, “My participation in the deliberations of the Commission becomes meaningless since my minority decisions go unrecorded.”

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“SC Judges going public, RBI Governor’s resigning, CBI Director getting removed, CVC giving vacuous reports, Now dividing Election Commission!” the Congress leader said in another tweet.

Will EC save the embarrassment by recording Lavasa’s dissent notes, he asked.

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