The arrest of Raj Thackeray following his anti-north Indian sentiments in February had put the Shiv Sena in a difficult spot as the breakaway faction led by the nephew of the Sena chief appeared to be drawing political mileage in the state at the cost of the parent party. Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray recently asserted that it was only his party that was wedded to the cause of Marathis and nobody else. Referring to Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav's challenge that he would perform this year's Chhat Puja in Mumbai, Bal Thackeray said: "Those who have turned Bihar into hell, should not try teach nationalism to Mumbai and Maharashtra."
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Police has served a show cause notice on Raj Thackeray asking him to explain why a gag order enforced on him following the party's anti-north Indian agitation should not be extended. The MNS leader was in Pune when the notice was served at his Mumbai residence on Tuesday.