Besides, the hike in diesel prices has also hit commoners hard. It will serve to snuff out hearth fires in poor households, the Shiv Sena chief said, mocking the prime minister for calling upon people to "strengthen his hands".
He ridiculed Manmohan Singh for reminding people that "money does not grow on trees".
The Shiv Sena chief argued that while the prime minister claims to be in dire financial straits, he also doles out largesse. He questioned concessions made to the Muslim minority, government spending on food security and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
"We cannot say if the prime minister's hands are strong. But the people of the country are strong, and will definitely drag the Congress out of power," Thackeray predicted.