New Delhi: Ashok Chavan, the former Maharashtra chief minister, has called the Adarsh Housing Society scam an "accident" which he faced and alleged that he was a victim of conspiracy.
"I agree that the Adarsh controversy has affected my public image. Adarsh was an accident which I faced. I am victim of a conspiracy," Chavan told CNN-IBN.
The Congress too has defended Chavan, its Lok Sabha candidate from Nanded, with party president Sonia Gandhi saying today that there was no legal bar on him from contesting elections.
"Making allegations and creating a media hype is a stunt used by our political opponents. There is no legal bar on me to contest elections. The matter is sub-judice and our opponents are using this as a tool to keep me out of politics," Chavan said.
Chavan also had a word of advice for the BJP which has been targeting him over the scam. "The BJP should respond why it has allowed (BS) Yeddyurappa to contest from Karnataka," he said.