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Chavan files papers, says conscience clear on Adarsh

Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, who had stepped down in the wake of the Adarsh scam, on Wednesday filed nomination papers from Nanded Lok Sabha constituency.

Brushing aside controversies surrounding him over Adarsh housing scam, Congress on Tuesday decided to field the senior state party leader for the Lok Sabha polls. ‘We are 100 per cent sure that we will win,’ Chavan said after filing the nomination here.

Asked if his conscience was clear on the Adarsh issue, Chavan said, ‘Yes. I am absolutely clear. I have done no wrong.’ When questioned if his party has made a mistake (in fielding him) given the fact that Rahul Gandhi has made anti-corruption his poll plank, Chavan said, ‘Where is the corruption in this (Adarsh) issue. Let us not talk about issues which are irrelevant.’

‘I think the issues on which the opposition is harping on...they have no moral authority to talk on these issues. What about Yeddyurappa? Can BJP clarify its stance on Yeddyurappa and the Reddy brothers involved in the mining issue?’ he asked. When pointed out that he was charge sheeted in the Adarsh scam, Chavan said, ‘Yes, but I have not been convicted. Also, I am not disqualified to contest the election. You see, there are rules, there is a legal provision. So nothing bars me from contesting any election. So the legal position is very clear.
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