Mumbai: Mounting a stringent attack on the Shiv Sena in the run-up to the April 11 by polls in Bandra (East), All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) senior leader Akbaruddin Owaisi mocked Uddhav Thackeray and his party symbol, and also challenged him to visit Hyderabad if he is a real ‘tiger’.
"If you (Uddhav) are the Tiger, then why isn't the tiger stepping out? What type of tiger is this who roams only in his home, Mumbai and Maharashtra," Owaisi said amid the chants of ‘Sher Aaya, sher aaya, Hyderabad se sher aaya’.
"Look at us, we move around all over India. If you have the guts, you should come to Hyderabad," Akbaruddin Owaisi said while addressing an election rally on Monday in Bandra - home to Thackeray family and considered as Shiv Sena stronghold.
“Uddhav Thackeray calls us 'Hyderabad wale'. You are naive. Your entire life has been spent in the shadow of your father," he added.
“We came from Hyderabad to Nanded and then to Aurangabad and Byculla," he said.
On AIMIM leader Akbaruddin Owaisi's statement daring him to visit Hyderabad, Uddhav said if the former has courage, he should ensure better livelihood for Muslims.
"The Owaisi brothers should understand that we treat our parents like God," he said Wednesday in a reference to Akbaruddin's remarks that Uddhav had always been under his father Bal Thackeray's shadow.
Uddhav also alleged, without elaborating, that Congress has offered crores to Owaisi.
"We showed culture by not fielding candidate against the widow of RR Patil (NCP leader) in Tasgaon seat after the appeal made by Sharad Pawar, but NCP did not reciprocate and backed Congress in Bandra," added Uddhav.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Saut however criticised Akbaruddin Owaisi for his tirade against Thackeray.
"Who are these Owaisis? Is Hyderabad in Pakistan? Owaisis had earlier challenged Modiji. World saw he addressed a successful rally in Hyderabad. We will also go to Hyderabad", he said.
Meanwhile, with only two days left in polling, the election battle in Bandra (East) bypoll has intensified. In the constituency, while Sena is trying hard to retain the seat, Congress candidate Narayan Rane, who had lost the 2014 state election, too is in fray for an entry into the state assembly.
The election however has turned into a tri-lateral battle with the entry of the MIM. The MIM candidate, Siraj Rehbar Khan, who had bagged over 23,000 in the last election, is predicted to be front runner in the high profile bypoll.