Ashok Lavasa Quit Election Commissioner and appointed ADB vice president
Mr. Lavasa, a retired 1980 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was appointed as an Election Commissioner in January 2018.
As CEC, he would have conducted Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Manipur and Goa, among other states. His premature exit — a second in the Election Commission’s history — puts his colleague Sushil Chandra next in the line of succession. In 1973, Chief Election Commissioner Nagender Singh had resigned before completing his term at the Election Commission to become a judge of the International Court of Justice.
Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa has been appointed the vice-president of private sector operations and public-private partnerships by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), a statement issued by bank in Manila said on Wednesday.
The retired 1980 batch IAS officer did not agree with the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) decisions to clear Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then BJP president Amit Shah of charges of violating Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during the 2019 general elections.
Lavasa later told Hindustan Times that he had no axe to grind. “My concern is to have a system of disposal of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) violation cases in a time bound, transparent, and non-discriminatory manner,” Lavasa told HT in an interview.
The rift within the three-member commission had come into the open after reports emerged that Lavasa recused himself from meetings to discuss MCC issues unless his dissent was recorded.