BANGALORE: Reacting to Bal Thackeray likening Karnataka to a “snake” for demanding water from Maharashtra, Kannada Chaluvali president Vatal Nagaraj said, “Thackeray should be sent to a mental asylum keeping public interest in mind. Either the Maharashtra government or the Union government should take steps to admit him in a mental asylum for treatment. His statement is an example of extreme absurdity.” He added that a protest will be organised on April 18 to oppose Thackeray’s statement. “As we are drought-hit, we are asking for water. Where will he store water when there will be heavy rain and flood?” he questioned.