Mumbai: Questioning Rahul Gandhi’s prime ministerial membership, Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Sunday attacked Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi by raking her foreign origin.

Thackeray said that for every little thing, there are controversies in the country. 'The country's reputation is lost in all this', he said in an interview to party mouthpiece Saamna published on Sunday.

“The question of Sonia's reputation does not arise because she is a foreigner. What love will she have for this country and what is her contribution here,” Thackeray asked.

Referring to young Nehru-Gandhi scion Rahul Gandhi, Thackeray noted: “He was born yesterday and wants to be Prime Minister today. Is the PM-ship some kind of a game? Is the PM's post up for auction? Everything is indeed strange.'

He said the entire country's atmosphere had been 'polluted' and made 'horrendous' by the Congress. “I have always maintained that we are on the brink of non-governance,” he said.

The interview marks the aged leader's 86th birthday scheduled to be celebrated Jan 23, barely a fortnight before the crucial civic elections are scheduled across Maharashtra.

When the robust-looking Thackeray was asked the secret of his good health, he shot back: “I eat when I feel hungry, but if I reveal my secret, all these Congressmen will emulate it and that will do no good the country.”

Thackeray dubs Anna's '5-star hunger strike' as political rape

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Sunday dubbed Anna Hazare's "5-star, corporate hunger strike for trivial causes" as a political rape and dismissed Team Anna members as a bunch of "worthless" persons.
   
In an interview in party mouthpiece 'Saamana', he hit out at Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia but did not name Anna Hazare. "There are differences between them (Team Anna). They are all worthless .... Kejriwal, Bedi, Sisodia. All are worthless," he said.
   
The Sena chief also ridiculed Hazare's "five-star, corporate" hunger strike agitation, saying the hunger strikes were for trivial causes. "This is nothing but a political rape," he said.
   
Does the country really need the Lokpal bill, he asked.
   
He accused Team Anna members of "cheating" the government.
   
The Shanti Bhushan episode - the former Union minister allegedly evaded stamp duty to the tune of Rs 1.35 crore in the purchase of a prime property - was a case in point, he said.

(Agencies)