Have done no wrong: Ashok Chavan

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 12:55

Mumbai: Ashok Chavan Tuesday said his
resignation as Maharashtra Chief Minister does not prove his
guilt in the Adarsh Housing Society scam and claimed he was
"100 per cent" sure that he will come clean on the issue.

"Acceptance of my resignation by Congress does not
prove my guilt in the Adarsh Housing Society scam," Chavan
told reporters after tendering his resignation to Governor K
Sankaranarayanan.

"I resigned because of the Congress party`s moral
stand on such issues. I resigned on my own. My resignation
has been accepted pending enquiry. The government is not
involved in the scam," the outgoing chief minister said.

Chavan, who became the first casualty of the housing
scam in which politicians and ex-Army officials are allegedly
involved, said that it was not a political set back for him.

"I am 100 percent sure, I will come out clean on
this. There are ups and downs in political life. I will
continue to work as party worker," he said.

Asked about whether allegations against him was
politically motivated, he said: "Let there be a proper
inquiry...The truth will definitely emerge."

"I am prepared for an inquiry by any agency the
government deems fit," he said.

Chavan said, "I am grateful to party chief Sonia
Gandhi for giving the opportunity (to become the Chief
Minister)."

When asked who should be his successor, Chavan said
that he would not like to comment on that.

Justifying his decision to offer to quit, he said that
"perception matters a great deal now-a-days...There was some
confusion is people`s mind, that confusion had to be cleared."

Despite getting the axe, Chavan, who completed one
year in office last Sunday, asserted he still enjoyed the
confidence of the Congress president.

"She twice gave me the opportunity to become Chief
Minister. I still enjoy the confidence of my leader Soniaji.
I am grateful for whatever she has done for me," he said.

About the role his successor was expected to play,
he said, "Every person who sits on this (chief minister`s)
chair is competent. I don`t need to give sermons to him."

Chavan, 3rd Maharashtra CM to resign over scams

Ashokrao Chavan became the third
chief minister of Maharashtra Tuesday to be consumed by scams
and corruption in three decades with belief in astrology even
not helping him to survive his worst political crisis.

Changing his name from Ashok to Ashokrao Chavan by
adding the honorific Rao last month apparently for
astrological reasons did not bring luck to the beleaguered
52-year-old Chief Minister.

Chavan, son of late Congress stalwart and Union minister
S B Chavan, was catapulted to the top post in December 2008
after Vilasrao Deshmukh was forced to resign, a month after
the Mumbai terror attack. The Chavans are the only father-son
due to be chief ministers of the politically important state
of Maharashtra.

A R Antulay lost the chief ministership of Maharashtra
in January 1982 following the cement scam coupled with a
conviction in an extortion case and four years later in 1986
Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil became a victim of the marks
scandal. Patil was accused of getting his niece`s medical
college exam marks upgraded.

The tenure of all the three tainted chief ministers were
all for less than two years. Chavan, whose role in the Adarsh
Housing Society scam in Mumbai came under the scanner, lasted
one month less than two years. The tenure of Antulay and
Nilangekar lasted for 19 months and nine months respectively.

Except for inheriting the Chavan legacy, Ashokrao Chavan
was a relatively unknown face and was picked for the top job
by the Congress leadership to project a new face in
Maharashtra.

Till the first week of October, Chavan, who hails from
Marathwada region, seemed to be firmly in the saddle. However,
the controversy over allotment of a plot in the posh Colaba
area in south Mumbai to Adarsh co-operative Housing society
did him in.



PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 12:55

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