New Delhi, may 18 : Reacting to Election commissioner Ashok Lavasa, one of the three members of the Central Election Commission (CEC), opting out of meetings of the EC to decide cases of violation of the model code of conduct as the ECI even refused to record his dissent notes, the Congress on Saturday charged the NDA Government of muzzling institutions.
In a statement issued here, AICC media-in-charge Randeep Surjewala , referring to the EC refusal to record dissent notes of Lavasa, termed it as ‘a day-light murder of Constitutional norms, set conventions and propriety’.
‘’The poll panel's rules express preference for a 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,’’Mr Surjewala said.Mr Surjewala said that omitting the dissent of Election Commissioner, simply because he had asked for a notice to be issued to the PM Modi, had severely tarnished the institutional integrity of the Election Commission.
‘’The Congress party had filed at least 11 complaints to the EC about brazen violation of ‘Model Code of Conduct’ by PM Modi and BJP President, Amit Shah which were thrown in the dustbin.PM Modi has taken upon himself the task of denigrating, damaging, decimating, dislodging and diminishing, the sanctity of every Institution of India,’’Mr Surjewala said.
Mr Surjewala said that it is now reported that on May 4, Shri Ashok Lavasa, has written a scathing letter to CEC, Shri Sunil Arora pointing out that- “I am being forced to stay away from the meetings of the full commission since minority decisions are not being recorded”.
Mr Surjewala said that being a Constitutional body, the minority view has to be recorded, but this is being trampled to protect Modi-Shah duo. The Congress reaction came after reports stating Ashok Lavasa's opting out of the CEC as his dissent notes were not recorded. UNI