The election commissioner Ashok Lavasa skipt meetings of the “full commission”, who include the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, election commissioner Sushi Chandra and himself.
His decision comes amidst the decisions taken by the poll body taking a decision on violations in the Model Code of Conduct without recording his minority decisions.
According to news media outlet NDTV, Lavasa wrote a letter to CEC Arora over the poll body’s decisions, stating that he was being “forced to stay away from the meetings” since his minority opinions were going unrecorded in the larger decision of the commission.
His letter reportedly read, “My participation in the deliberations of the Commission becomes meaningless since my minority decisions go unrecorded”. He added that he might consider resorting to other measures “aimed at restoring to the lawful functioning of the Commission” as far as minority decisions were concerned.
According to the CEC Arora, minority views are recorded only in orders of quasi-judicial proceedings. However, MCC violations are not quasi-judicial proceedings, hence its not a mandate for recording of minority decisions.
Lavasa had voiced decent over the clean chits given to prime minister Narendra Modi over his campaign speeches.
Source : Various