Renowned lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar has challenged the AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi to contest elections against him from a non-Muslim constituency.
Speaking at India Today conclave, Akhtar maintained that Owaisi was a leader of a ‘mohalla’ in Hyderabad.
He said, “He’s a leader of a mohalla in Hyderabad. I’m willing to contest election against him from a constituency which has Hindu and Muslim voters in equal numbers. He can’t win from a constituency where Muslims are not in majority. I will win because I will get votes of both Hindus and Muslims.”
Earlier this week, Akhtar had slammed Owaisi for his refusal to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai.
He had said, “There’s a politician who’s got this notion about himself that he’s a national leader. In reality, he’s nothing more than a small time leader of an area in a city called Hyderabad. He says he has a problem in chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai because the constitution doesn’t ask him to do so. But the same doesn’t constitution doesn’t ask him to wear sherwani. Chanting Bharat Mata Ki Jai is not my duty but it’s my right.”