Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Monday hit out at the Centre's decision to allow 51 per cent Foreign Direct Investment in multibrand retail, stating the government's leadership itself was “imported.”

“What can you expect when the government itself is dancing to a foreigner's tune? Such policies have their roots in the leadership,” he said. The Shiv Sena has also protested against the policy in Parliament, along with its saffron ally Bharatiya Janata Party.

He was addressing a party workers' workshop of Western Maharashtra region ahead of the local bodies elections in the State.

‘Attack through votes'

Referring to the recent attack on Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar, Mr. Thackeray said people's anger against rising prices was justified, but it should be expressed not through attacks on individual politicians. “The rage has to come out, but by an attack through votes. People should vote out the oppressive government. It should be a slap on the government.”

Condemning the attack on the senior politician, Mr. Thackeray said that such acts were not a part of the tradition of Maharashtra.

Mr. Thackeray said the people had suffered all over Maharashtra because of government policies.

“All the parties came together to condemn the attack on Mr. Pawar, but why can't they do this to support farmers? The cotton agitation in the State is going on for the last two weeks, and still there is no decision.”