Refusing to accept Nitish Kumar as NDA's prime ministerial candidate if he continued to support "traitors", Uddhav said, "The Bihar CM should have felt ashamed that the Amar Jawan memorial vandal turned out to be a Bihari, but instead, he created a ruckus".
In Bihar, leaders across parties slammed Uddhav.
"Whether it is Raj or Uddhav carrying out sustained hate campaign against Biharis, it is Bal Thackeray at the root of the regional and chauvinistic politics of the Sena," said Bihar PCC president Mehboob Ali Kaiser. The CM should seek ouster of Sena from the NDA, he added.
Bihar BJP president CP Thakur said, "The statement is in bad taste." In Maharashtra, state home minister RR Patil said an administrative correspondence was being politicised.
Uddhav is toeing Raj's line ever since the latter took out a huge rally in protest of the Azad Maidan violence, where he threatened to brand Biharis as infiltrators.
The Union home ministry, meanwhile, asked the Maharashtra government to reign in leaders like Raj and Uddhav. Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde neither denied nor confirmed the development.