The Bharatiya Janata Party took on Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Wednesday with its Pune unit staging a “Bheek Mango Andolan” against the Congress' alleged involvement in Mumbai's Adarsh Society scam. The andolan, which was staged at Goodluck Chowk in the city, was aimed at collecting alms to be sent to Mr. Chavan.

“We will collect money from the people and send it by money order to the Chief Minister so that he can leave the apartments in Adarsh Society to Kargil war heroes and buy another house,” Pune district unit president Vikas Mathkari said. “Maharashtra had to bow its head down in shame because of its corrupt politicians. The Union Government is not doing much either. If Mr. Chavan was really guilty, he should have given his resignation to the Governor and not to Sonia Gandhi,” Mr. Mathkari said.

Later, the unit's president, Sudhir Alhat, announced that a sum of Rs. 2,313 was collected during the andolan. “Mr. Chavan is free to buy houses for his mother-in-law or any of his relatives. I am speaking on behalf of the nation when I say that the Kargil war heroes and the widows deserve these flats more than Mr. Chavan's kith and kin,” Mr. Alhat said.

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