Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray has the "authority to speak on Mumbai" and his remarks against cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is nothing but an elderly advice, senior party leader Subhash Desai said on Monday.
Desai was reacting to Thackeray's remarks on the statement given by Tendulkar that 'Mumbai is for all Indians'.
"If Sachin is considered as the final authority in cricket, then Balasaheb has greater authority to speak on the issues related to Mumbai and Maharashtra," Desai, Sena's group leader in Maharashtra Assembly, told reporters in Mumbai.
Defending Thackeray's comments on Sachin, Desai said the Sena supremo has not used any objectionable word in the letter to Sachin, published in party mouthpiece Saamana on Monday.
Declining to give his personal view on the letter, Desai said, "it is a tradition in Sena that no one speaks after Balasaheb. He has expressed his views. It was not criticism but expectation (from Sachin) and some elderly advice."
"There was no need for you to take a cheeky single by making these remarks. By doing so, you have got a run-out from the 'pitch' of Marathi psyche," the mouthpiece quoted the Sena chief as saying.
Thackeray also expressed displeasure that Sachin had "left the crease" and moved to the pitch of politics by making these remarks which had hurt the Marathi mind.