As he prepares to recceive bouquets on his 42nd birthday, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray has got brickbats over the Legislative Council polls.
Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray blasted his cousin on Sunday saying he will have to answer voters why the MNS supported the Congress in the polls.
"The MNS did all the drama of hitting Samajwadi Party chief Abu Asim Azmi and now has joined hands with the same person. This is like backstabbing the Marathi manoos," Uddhav said, in the party mouthpiece Saamna, on Sunday.
The MNS chief is likely to hit back at the Sena at a function organised by the party workers for his birthday.
The war began after the Legislative Council polls on Thursday, when one of the two Sena candidates, Anil Parab, lost by 0.07 votes. Parab is a close confidant of Uddhav.
The number-crunching made it evident that the MNS votes had gone to the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party candidate.
The MNS chief on Saturday admitted at a press conference, that his men had indeed voted for the Congress, saying that the Sena too had been involved in horse-trading all these years.
Raj's statement is likely become a major embarrassment for the Congress, as on Friday, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Manikrao Thakre had said that the party had not sought any votes from the MNS.
With elections to the Bihar Assembly around the corner, the Congress is likely to
distance itself from the MNS, which has been on the forefront of an anti-north Indian campaign.
On Saturday, an editorial published in Saamna, alleged that the MNS backed the fourth Congressman, Vijay Sawant, who contested as an Independent.
The editorial said: "All the 13 votes of Dhanase [a pun on MNS's Marathi acronym, Manase] were given to Sawant, in exchange for money, creating a problem for the Sena which is fighting for the cause of the Marathi people."