Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has mocked Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on the row over clean chits given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding alleged poll code violations during Lok Sabha election campaigning.
Kapil Sibal on Sunday morning posted a poem on his Twitter. The poetry was an apparent jibe at CEC Sunil Arora over his statement that said the election commission members were not clones.
"To: Sunil Arora (CEC)...Your legendary clean chits, showed the courage of two drones, you were eyes and ears of PM, and not Lavasa's clones, steadfastly you held on, to what you believed was right, for the Model Code of Conduct, was not within your sight. Democracy laments !" Kapil Sibal tweeted.
Sunil Arora ( CEC )
Your legendary clean chits
showed the courage of two drones
you were eyes and ears of PM
and not Lavasa’s clones
steadfastly you held on
to what you believed was right
for the Model Code of Conduct
was not within your sight
Democracy laments !— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) May 19, 2019
Arora had, on Saturday, said that difference of opinion was not new amongst the members of the Election Commission of India (ECI) and one cannot expect them to be 'clones' of each other.
"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 of views as it can, and should be," Sunil Arora was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa had expressed dissent over clean chits for four speeches made by PM Modi, and one by BJP president Amit Shah. It was then reported that he told Sunil Arora that his "participation in the deliberations of the commission becomes meaningless" since his minority decisions "go unrecorded".
To this end, Arora described the reports as 'unsavoury'. Sunil Arora also said that such differences in views largely remained within confines of ECI after demission of office