September 22, 2019 | 3:37 AM IST
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EC Lavasa unhappy with clean chit given to Modi, Shah

Election commissioner Ashok Lavasa has written to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora informing about his decision about staying away from meetings related to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) quoting ‘minority decisions’ as the reason.

This comes after the commission did not find any violation of MCC in the four speeches of PM and one of BJP president Amit Shah delivered in the past few weeks. One of the speech of the PM was delivered on April 21 at Patan in which he had said that his government kept Pakistan on its toes to secure the safe release of IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman while the other to get a clean chit was delivered in Nanded, Maharashtra in which he reportedly referred to the Congress as a ‘Sinking Titanic’.

PM’s another speech that was delivered in Wardha on April 1 in which he attacked the Congress president for selectively contesting from a minority-dominated seat in Kerala also got clearance along with his April 9th speech in Latur in which he appealed the first-time voters to dedicate their  first vote to the ‘Pulwama martyrs’.

Lavasa made it clear that he would attend the meetings if his minority decisions were also included in the orders of the commission says a report.
In response to the allegations made by Lavasa, the CEC said that dissenting views were not incorporated in any non Quasi- judicial directive, which included MCC matters. Such orders are signed by an official and not the ECs.

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