The anti Congress sentiment in the country is a fallout of price rise and not the anti-corruption campaign by Team Anna, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has said.
In an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamna, Thackeray said the team led by social activist Anna Hazare was taking undue credit for the "victory" on various issues confronting the ruling Congress-led government at the Centre.
Referring to Hazare's recent statement that he would launch an anti-Congress campaign in the five poll-bound states if the Lokpal Bill was not passed in the winter session of the Parliament, Thackeray said: "The issue of price rise has already rattled the Congress government and the people from all five states going to polls have made their decisions."
"Mamata Banerjee (Trinamool Congress chief) has threatened to withdraw support. The DMK is also restless. If they withdraw support, the coalition will break and the government will collapse. So Team Anna has no right to take credit for this," the editorial read.
Thackeray said Team Anna took similar credit for having "defeated" the Congress in the recent Hisar Lok Sabha by-election in Haryana.
"To say that the Congress was defeated in Hisar because of the campaign of Team Anna is far-fetched. It is better if that they stay away from such hypocrisy," Thackeray said.
He also derided Hazare's "whims" and "flip-flop attitude".
"His ways are unique. He undertakes fast and also observes maun vrat for soul searching. At times he praises Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and also hails Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi."
Thackeray also accused Hazare of supporting and protecting his tainted team members like Arvind Kejriwal, Kiran Bedi and Manish Sisodia.
"Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan had made anti-national statements on the issue of Kashmir for which he had not even expressed regret," the editorial said.