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‘Members not clones’: CEC slams row over Lavasa dissent, questions timing

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Saturday played down differences in the poll panel saying election commissioners are not “expected to be clones of each other.”

“The three members of EC are not expected to be template or clones of each other, there have been so many times in the past when there has been a vast diversion of views as it can, and should be,’ Arora said in a statement on election commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s purported letter to him.

Lavasa, who has recused himself from meetings where decisions pertaining to the model code of conduct are decided, wrote at least three letters to the CEC to accept his demand for including minority decisions in the poll body’s final orders.

Lavasa, who disagreed with the poll panel’s decision to give clean chits to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for alleged MCC violations, recused himself from all such meetings till the commission includes minority decisions in the final orders.

The model code of conduct lays down rules for parties, candidates and governments to abide by during the election period. It starts with the announcement of the election by the poll panel and concludes with the declaration of results.

First Published:
May 18, 2019 13:07 IST

Source: HindustanTimes