Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray took a jibe at Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena while he was addressing a press conference in Mumbai on Monday. He made a shocking dog analogy and said that the party's situation is like 'a breed of dog which doesn't know which way to look at'. Attacking Shiv Sena for its comment that 'Bharat Bandh was a failure', Raj Thackeray said:
"There is a breed of dog which doesn't know which way to look at. Same is Shiv Sena's situation. When their money gets stuck, they talk of stepping out of the alliance, when their work is done, they go silent".
"Nation has been observing this for 4 years. All they did was write editorials on prices of diesel and petrol. They have no role left to play. They don't know what they're supposed to do. There is no need to give them importance", he added.
Thackeray congratulated his party workers for keeping a successful vigil during the Bharat Bandh and warned the BJP over false cases being filed against his workers.
"The way false cases are being filed against our workers, BJP should keep in mind that they too will be sitting in the Opposition someday," said Thackeray.
Thackeray also said that the present BJP government, especially under Modi and Amit Shah, was worse than the Congress government.
"Ravi Shankar Prasad today said that the oil prices are beyond the control of the government. I would like to ask how did the BJP, then in opposition protest against rising fuel prices during the Congress regime," Raj questioned.
"Fuel prices are at the peak, rupee has hit the lowest point, but the BJP still isn't ashamed," he added.
Earlier on Monday, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad addressed the media and slammed the opposition by calling their protest 'a failure'. While he agreed that 'everyone has a right to protest', he also questioned the opposition for the violence and inconvenience caused during the course of the 'Bandh'.
When asked about the root cause behind the rapid increase in fuel prices, Ravi Shankar Prasad informed:
"The NDA Govt has been trying its best to contain inflation, and it has succeeded on numerous fronts. Petrol and diesel prices are high due to crisis in international market. There is political instability in Venezuela whereas Iran is under the pressure of US sanction. We welcome purposeful argument but the reasons for the hike in price not under the control of the government. It is upto the oil-producing countries and several Geo-political factors".