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Cong gives ticket to tainted Chavan, Manish Tewary not to contest polls

Brushing aside controversies surrounding him over Adarsh housing scam, Congress Tuesday decided to field ex-Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan for Lok Sabha polls.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari will not contest the elections and his seat Ludhiana in Punjab has been given to Raveneet Singh Bittu, sitting member from Anandpur Sahib where the party has fielded AICC General Secretary Ambika Soni.

Responding to a volley of questions about scam-hit Ashok Chavan, Maken said ‘no court or Election Commission has barred Ashok Chavan from contesting polls. His case is different from that of Suresh Kalmadi. While Kalmadi has been chargesheeted, court has not taken cognisance of the case against Chavan’.

Last week, Congress had denied renomination to Kalmadi, sitting MP from Pune, in the wake of graft charges against him in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games in 2010 of which he was the Chairman of the Organising Committee.

The name of senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh is doing the rounds for Varanasi seat against Modi and the party has made it clear that it will not vacate the political space by not contesting in favour of any candidate including Arvind Kejriwal.
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