Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa
Saturday hit out at the Modi government over Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa
recusing himself from EC
meetings to discuss poll code violations, saying erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the present dispensation.
Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala
cited a media report which claimed Lavasa, who disagreed with the poll panel's decisions to clear Prime Minister Narendra Modi
and BJP president Amit Shah of charges of violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), has since May 4 recused himself from all meetings to discuss MCC issues.
Lavasa has reportedly insisted that he will do so only after dissent notes and minority decisions are included in the orders of the commission.
"The Election Commission
or Election Omission! Another Dark Day for Democracy!" Surjewala tweeted, tagging the media report.
"Sh Ashok Lavasa, Member CEC, who dissented on multiple occasions when EC
was busy giving clean chits to Modi-Shah duo, opts out of EC
as the ECI even refuse to record dissent notes," he said.
Erosion of institutional integrity is the hallmark of the Modi government, Surjewala alleged.
"SC Judges going public, RBI Governor's resigning, CBI Director getting removed, CVC giving vacuous reports, Now dividing Election Commission!" the Congress
leader said in another tweet.
Will EC save the embarrassment by recording Lavasa's dissent notes, he asked.