"I was surprised over Modi's remarks. The sitting MP from here himself said he does not want to contest the polls. Party took the decision considering the anti-incumbency factor," Chavan told select journalists at his residence here.
     
"I was consulted by the party high-command before taking the decision,” he added.

Speaking at a rally on Sunday, Modi had lashed out at the Congress over its decision to field Adarsh Housing scam accused Chavan.
     
Rebutting Modi's remarks, Chavan said, "I am accompanied by my wife, sister and even by my brother-in-law. My family campaigns for me. Which member from his family campaigns for him?”
     
Chavan also slammed the allegations levelled against him in the Adarsh scam and blamed the media for deliberately creating a perception on the issue.
       
"Unfortunately, things have gone to a low level. Deliberately, a perception is created by the media.  Some are hand in glove with some politicians who cannot win. Things have gone to a micro-level. Accidents cannot be called as malafide intentions. One has been branded as a criminal," he said.
    
He also took on the BJP over the coffins scam.

“It was one of the biggest scams. It took place during the NDA's regime,” he said.
      
Chavan said the Adarsh scam would not hamper his poll prospects.

"Adarsh is not an issue. What are you talking about Kargil? Justice JA Patil commission report on the scam has made crucial findings and one of them is that the land belonged to the state government and not to the Centre. The Opposition will not be able to score on the issue," he said.

Unfazed over the show of strength by the BJP in the 'Mahayuti' rally addressed by Modi, which saw the attendance of approximately one lakh people, Chavan said, "If not here, then where else would he go. We were expecting him. I don't feel any threat from the rally."

"I don't see Modi wave anywhere in Maharashtra," he said.

To a query that the Congress has paved way for his rehabilitation by giving him the Lok Sabha ticket, he said, "My personal rehabilitation is not an issue. Our aim is to win. I was much comfortable in the state. My priority is my party."
    
When asked to comment on the silence maintained by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on party's decision to field him from Nanded seat, Chavan said, “Why is there a need for anybody to talk when the central leadership has taken the decision?”

(JPN/Agencies)

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