Nanded, Maharashtra: Narendra Modi today attacked the Congress and Rahul Gandhi for giving a ticket to former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who has been indicted in the Adarsh Housing scam in Mumbai.
"Congress shameless, says no law stops Chavan from contesting. Rahul Gandhi said investigation will take place. Was 'handing out a ticket' your way of conducting an investigation?" the BJP's prime ministerial candidate said at a rally in Nanded in Maharashtra.
On Wednesday, Congress president Sonia Gandhi had defended her party's decision to field Mr Chavan in the Lok Sabha elections, despite corruption charges against him. "As far as we know, Chavan is not barred from contesting the election by any law," Mrs Gandhi had said. (Read: Sonia Gandhi defends tainted candidate)
Mr Chavan, who was indicted by an inquiry panel that investigated the Adarsh scam in Mumbai in December last year, is the Congress candidate from Nanded. He had to resign as chief minister in 2010 after allegations against him surfaced.
In December last year, a report of a two-member commission headed by retired high court judge JA Patil indicted several politicians including three former Chief Ministers - Mr Chavan, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde - for "blatant violations" of statutory provisions. It said Mr Chavan and other bureaucrats gave permissions and clearances and it was a quid pro quo.
The Adarsh Housing Society is a 31-story building in Colaba in South Mumbai whose apartments were intended for war veterans and widows, but were allegedly grabbed by politicians, defence officers and bureaucrats.