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Congress raps government, EC over Lavasa's plaint

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Saturday attacked over Ashok Lavasa's letter to Chief regarding his dissent in decisions related to the model code of conduct (MCC) going unrecorded and asked whether it was "or Election Omission".

said, "Lavasa, of the Central (CEC), who dissented on multiple occasions when the was busy, giving clean chits to the Modi-Shah duo, opts out of meetings, as the ECI even refused to record his dissent notes."

In a letter to the CEC on May 4, Lavasa recused himself from the full commission meetings related to the model code of conduct after his "minority decisions" on the clean chit to PM and on their respective speeches went unrecorded.

Calling it "a daylight murder of constitutional norms, set conventions and propriety", Surjewala said the poll panel's rules express preference for the unanimous view, but provide for a majority ruling in the absence of unanimity.

"Being a constitutional body, the minority view has to be recorded, but this is being trampled to protect Modi-Shah duo," the said.

According to him, frustrated by the political pressure on the EC, Lavasa added he might consider taking recourse to other measures aimed at restoring the lawful functioning of the poll panel. "This speaks volumes about the political pressure being exerted by the government on the Election Commission," he said.

"As per the Election Commission (Conditions of Service of Election Commissioners and Transaction of Business) Act, 1991, if the Chief and other Election Commissioners differ in opinion on any matter, such matters are decided according to the opinion of the majority," the Congress said.

"The transacts its business by holding regular meetings and also by circulation of papers. All Election Commissioners have equal say in the decision making of the EC," he said.

Omitting the dissent of Election Commissioner Lavasa, simply because he had asked for a notice to be issued to the PM Modi, had severely tarnished the EC's institutional integrity, Surjewala said.

According to him, the Congress had filed as many as 11 complaints to the EC about the brazen poll code violation by Modi and Shah, but the complaints were thrown in the dustbin.

Insisting that erosion of institutional integrity was the hallmark of the Modi government, Surjewala tweeted, "Erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the Modi government! The SC judges going public, the resigning, the Director getting removed, the CVC giving vacuous reports and now the divisions in the Election Commission! Will the EC save itself the embarrassment by recording Lavasa's dissent notes."

He said Modi had taken upon himself the task of denigrating, damaging, decimating, dislodging and diminishing, the sanctity of every institution of

"For the first time in 70 years, four senior-most judges of the had to go to the public to seek justice. Four stepped down and two RBI Governors were unceremoniously removed for standing to the economic misdemeanours of PM Modi," he remarked.

The Modi government's "sinister attempt" to hide the NSSO data on jobs was exposed by the resignation of the independent members of the autonomous (NSC), Surjewala said and added, "The government used the CVC to publish a fallacious report, based on which an incumbent Director was illegally removed."

"The nation has to count only five more days to overthrow the five years of mal-governance of the Modi government," he said.



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First Published: Sat, May 18 2019. 18:28 IST