The opposition parties on Saturday demanded the removal of Ashok Chavan as chief minister. While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for Chavan's immediate ouster, the Shiv Sena demanded dismissal of the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) government.
Calling the Adarsh society scam "unethical, heartless and shameless", BJP national spokesperson Nirmala Sithara-man demanded that Chavan should resign or be removed immediately. She also demanded an enquiry into the matter by a sitting Supreme Court judge.
"A small award to be given to war widows, whose husbands had laid down their lives for the country, was taken away by a nexus of politicians and bureaucrats for pecuniary benefits. There can't be a graver example of corruption," said Sitharaman.
"Both Sonia Gandhi and the Prime Minister do not seem to be revealing any sense of outrage on any of the scams taking place in the time of this government. First it was the 2G scam, then the rotting foodgrains, the CWG scam, and now the Adarsh society scam," she added.
On the other hand, Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray demanded that the Congress-NCP government be dissolved as it had lost the moral right to remain in power. "Many ministers in this government are involved in one scam or the other," said Thackeray, adding that a court-martial should be conducted in the Adarsh scam as defence land was involved.
He shrugged off the Shiv Sena-led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's (BMC) responsibility in clearing Adarsh building's construction plan. Sena leader Suresh Prabhu is a member of Adarsh while promoter Kanhaiyalal Gidwani was also a Sena legislator. "If anyone's involvement from the BMC or Shiv Sena is proved, he would also be punished," Thackeray said.