Congress and NCP in Maharashtra on Thursday criticised warring cousins, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and MNS president Raj Thackeray, saying their fight was similar to television reality shows.

"For them, who served what to late Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray is more important than the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Batata vada and chicken soup have become more important than anything else. It is similar to what we watch in reality shows," MPCC spokesperson Sachin Sawant said.

Raj and Uddhav Thackeray
Warring Thackeray cousins -- Uddhav (let) and Raj remind Congress leader Sachin Sawant of reality TV

Raj had on Wednesday said, "Once when I met Balasaheb at his house towards his last stage, I saw him eating a greasy batata vada. I asked why he was eating such stuff. He said, 'I eat only this. This is what I am served'." "Afterwards, till the time he passed into coma, I sent him some soup everyday and he ate only that...Would he have eaten the soup had he considered me be a back-stabber?" Raj had said.

Criticising the Sena and MNS over the clash their workers had earlier today, when candidates of their respective parties went to file their nominations, Sawant said it reflected their ideology.

"Indulging in violence, pelting stones and to instigate each other is what they are known for," he said.

State NCP working president Jitendra Awhad also lashed out at the Thackeray cousins and said it (referring to the party workers' clash) depicted their culture. "Creating ruckus and hurling stones at each other is what they have been doing," he alleged.