With Maharashtra government arresting MNS chief Raj Thackarey, Congress on Tuesday sought to exploit it fully by saying the UPA has "called his bluff" and attacked BJP and Shiv Sena for their "silence" over his anti-North Indian campaign.
"Absence of condemnation by BJP and others....Is for votebanks...Those who do not oppose oppression are as guilty as oppressors", party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.
Noting that whether it was BJP, Sena or the MNS, all are practising some brand of divisive politics, he said "they are as culpable as Raj Thackarey." He also wanted the saffron party to come clean on the issue of attacks on Christians in Orissa.
Singhvi said Congress and the UPA have "called the bluff" of Raj with Maharashtra government acting "firmly, convincingly and unwaveringly".
Replying to questions regarding delay in the action, he suggested that so far the authorities had a tough time dealing with the MNS chief who was using very careful words and there was need to ensure that he "crosses the line".