New Delhi: Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray on Saturday criticised his nephew Raj for initially opposing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s Mumbai visit to participate in ‘Bihar Diwas’ celebrations in the financial capital and then backtracking from the same.

The octogenarian leader was however, all praise for Kumar.

Terming the flip-flop of Raj as an attempt to get undue public attention, the Sena supremo said that the hot vada, had suddenly become rabdi.

Calling it a free of cost “tamashaa” in his editorial published in Shiv Sena mouthpiece- Saamna, Thackeray said that Raj’s stand on Kumar’s visit was all about “publicity and not about Marathi pride”.

The Sena supremo said, “Such free of cost tamashaa is always for money. It has nothing to do with Marathi pride or the development of the state. Nitish Kumar is the leader of good ethical values. He was not coming here to attack Maharashtra or destroy temples like Babur or Aurangzeb.”

Bal Thackeray, however, praised the Bihar CM for his developmental work. “Because of Nitish Kumar’s leadership, Bihar has started witnessing development and I have praised him for that on many occasions. Mumbai will not see huge influx of migrants, if rulers bring development in their respective states. Nitish is doing it in Bihar…He needs to be backed,” Thackeray said.

As per the schedule, Kumar will be attending a cultural programme in Mumbai on April 15 to celebrate the Foundation Day of his state.