“EC’s loss is ADB’s gain,” CEC Arora advised ET on Thursday.
Lavasa, a 1980 batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre, was anticipated to succeed Arora as the subsequent CEC from April 2021. Lavasa’s appointment at ADB additionally comes a yr after he registered his dissent over EC’s selections on mannequin code violation complaints in Lok Sabha elections of 2019.
In response to ET’s queries on the problem, CEC Arora referred to his earlier press statement on it. “…it would kindly be recalled that a press release was issued from my office in this context on 18.05.2019…it remains as relevant now as it was on May 18, 2019”, CEC Arora mentioned in a written response to ET. In his May 18 assertion, CEC Arora had mentioned that members of the ballot physique will not be anticipated to be “clones of each other” and there have been many instances prior to now when there was an enormous diversion of views however the identical largely remained inside confines of the ECI.
His May 18 assertion additionally made a reference to his May 5 interview to The Opinion on the controversy the place he had mentioned that he would depend on the “eloquence of silence”.
The CEC, nevertheless, declined to touch upon the problem of IT probes towards Lavasa’s members of the family final yr.