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Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora

Poll model code of conduct is good enough, doesn’t need legal backing: CEC Sunil Arora

In an interview with ThePrint, CEC Sunil Arora made light of criticism lobbed at EC for allegedly failing to check hate speech during Delhi polls.
Election Commission

EC hits former CEC Quraishi with ‘selective amnesia’ barb over his code violations record

EC has written to the former CEC claiming that during his 2-year tenure, only 9 showcause notices for MCC violations, and no FIRs, were issued in 11 state and union territory elections.

Shiv Sena opposes Modi’s simultaneous polls idea, questions feasibility

Sena MP Sanjay Raut asks if it is possible to implement Modi's idea in a country where governments can be formed and pulled down by a single vote

EC refuses to disclose Ashok Lavasa’s dissent note, cites danger to life of individual

The Election Commission turned down an RTI request for commissioner Lavasa's dissent notes pertaining to model code violations by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with IAS officers participating in a training programme in New Delhi | pmindia.gov.in

Polls put governance on sleep mode because system doesn’t ‘demand’ that IAS officers work

Both IAS officers and govts can use election period to review past work and plan for the future. Instead they mostly ‘wait and watch’.
Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa

EC decides not to record dissent view in poll code violations, overrules Ashok Lavasa

CEC Sunil Arora and commissioner Sushil Chandra overrule Ashok Lavasa's view that not recording dissent in model code violations renders minority view meaningless. New Delhi: The Election Commission Tuesday decided that it will not record the minority view in its orders on violations of the model code of conduct. The issue had been raised by Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa after his dissenting opinions were not recorded in the EC orders passed on speeches by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. In a full commission meeting held Tuesday, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora and Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra overruled Lavasa's view that not recording dissent in model code violations renders the minority view meaningless. Lavasa is learnt to have dissented on Tuesday's order as well. This time, however, the EC decided that Tuesday’s proceedings will be duly and comprehensively recorded with all three commissioners’ views before formal instructions are issued...
Nirmala Sitharaman, who was defence minister at the time, speaks during the Indian Defence Conclave, in New Delhi | PTI File Photo

BJP demands deployment of central forces in Bengal till MCC ends

BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman accused TMC workers of attacking BJP candidates and not letting voters opposed to TMC enter polling booths.
Headquarters of the Election Commission in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Turn India’s model code of conduct into law, and prevent future EC bias

It’s clear that the Election Commission has overlooked some glaring gaps in the MCC, which has been exposed in the ongoing elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah | Vijay Verma/PTI

Supreme Court refuses to hear Congress plea on Modi-Shah poll code violations

The Supreme Court refused to hear the plea stating that the Election Commission had already taken a decision.
arun jaitley

Should EC police election speeches or does the poll code impinge on free speech?

FM Arun Jaitley has questioned whether invoking model code of conduct in the complaints against PM Modi to the EC are violative of free speech.

On Camera

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

ICICI Bank’s profits jump six-fold for July-September quarter

The bank's net interest income increased by 16 per cent year-on-year to Rs. 9,366 crore in this year's second quarter from Rs 8,057 crore in last year's second quarter.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.