The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena on Monday demanded the dismissal of the Maharashtra government in light of the Adarsh Society scam. A delegation of leaders from the two parties met Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan at the Raj Bhavan here to put forth their demand.

A delegation of the Republican Left Democratic Front (RLDF) also met the Governor and presented a memorandum demanding that the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government be sacked.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, BJP leader Eknath Khadse said, “The Chief Minister [Ashok Chavan] and the former Chief Ministers have been implicated in the scam. This is a clear case of misuse of power. Besides Adarsh, there are other scams related to slum rehabilitation projects. The government has been protecting builders. We have put all these issues before the Governor and demanded the dismissal of the government.”

Sena leader Subhash Desai demanded the suspension of bureaucrats involved in the scam. “Bureaucrats have been given flats in the Society. Those involved should be suspended and an inquiry should be instituted against them.”

Mr. Desai said the matter was a serious one and those involved have sullied Maharashtra's image. He said the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had stripped the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) of its powers to issue the Occupation Certificate. Alleging that the MMRDA, chaired by the Chief Minister, itself was a big scam, Mr. Desai demanded a probe into its activities as well.

When questioned about Sena's Suresh Prabhu, who also has a house in there Mr. Desai said, “Let the probe be conducted.”

Calling for a high-level probe into the scam, the RLDF delegation, led by Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi demanded that criminal cases be registered against Mr. Chavan. They also sought cancellation of flat allotments.