News By/Courtesy: Ambuja Jain | 22 May 2019 23:47pm IST

On Friday, there had been several reports which spoke about the differences between the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora ad Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa, who reportedly differed and disagreed with the CEC on giving ‘clean chit’ to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for alleged violation of Model Code of Conduct during the Lok Sabha election campaign.  Ashok Lavasa had differed with the Chief Election Commissioner in some of the 11 decisions, which the CEC took in respect to complaints against Modi and shah for alleged MCC violation. On 4th May, Lavasa wrote a letter to CEC Arora expressing his displeasure over the fact that his decision was not recorded, therefore he preferred to stay away from the meetings of the full commission.

There is one question which is frequently raised by the people is about ‘Election Machinery’ available on the Election Commission of India website, which speaks about two hard facts regarding the functioning of democratic institutions, which are: (1) while democracy allows the plurality of ideas to coexist, ultimately it is the majority that rules, (2) In this context ‘dissent’ against the majority decision becomes a natural outcome. While dissent is at the core democracy, it becomes problematic when it claims to be the sole representative of truth.

Sunil Arora called the entire episode as ‘unsavoury and avoidable’ and said that ‘the three members of the Election Commission 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 as it can, and should be.’ While he clarified his stance, the narrative took no time in concluding three things (1) Election Commission has become ‘tyranny of the majority’ (2) Lavasa’s dissent was right (3) As Lavasa is questioning the ‘clean chit’ given to Modi and Shah, he is doing the right thing and the Election Commission took a wrong decision.

Dissent means that plurality of ideas is being allowed to coexist and it cannot be taken as indicative of any cracks in the institution. The dissent of one individual cannot overshadow the entire institution as (in SS Dhanao v. Union of India & Ors.) the Supreme Court rightly pointed out that nobody can be above the institution.

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 22 May 2019 23:49pm IST

Tags : #Election_Commission #Election_Commissioner #Ashok_Lavasa #Dissent #Strength #Democracy

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