The war of words between the estranged Thackeray cousins and their rival Senas may intensify before the Lok Sabha polls with the Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna launching a vitriolic attack on MNS chief Raj, accusing him of helping the Congress-NCP combine.
Shiv Sena president Uddhav and Raj are locked in a war of words in what is seen as the battle for the Thackeray legacy. This week, activists of the rival Senas got into a bloody clash at Fort.
While Uddhav had charged Raj of back-stabbing Thackeray, Raj's supporters, who project him as the true inheritor of his uncle's political mantle, alleged that the late Thackeray Sr had been given greasy batata wadas during his last days. This had apparently prompted Raj to send chicken soup from his house till he slipped into a coma.
"Those who got a lot despite their lack of ability are publicly waving in rallies, bills for chicken soup sent to Balasaheb. Isn't this shamelessness?" questioned an editorial in Saamna, without naming either Raj or the MNS.
The piece goes on allege that efforts are being made to push Shiv Sena off its course. The editorial said while they were attacking the Congress- NCP, the "wada and chicken soup wallas" wanted to deflect this debate and help the incumbents.
"This is a trap set up by the Congress- NCP to stop the victorious march of the Shiv Sena, but our Shiv Sainiks are behaving with restraint despite their clenched fists. No one should test their restraint," the editorial warned, adding that the Congress and NCP were clapping with glee while the Maharashtrian youth in the Sena and the MNS slugged it out.