Mumbai: Describing Uddhav Thackeray as a tiger "who roams only on home pitch", All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi has dared the Shiv Sena president to visit Hyderabad.
"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, addressing an election rally last night for the April 11 bypoll in Bandra East constituency.
"Look at us, we move around all over India. If you have the guts, you should come to Hyderabad," he said. "What did Uddhav Thackeray say? He said Narayan Rane (Congress candidate) will forfeit his deposit and the fight was between Sena and MIM.
Uddhav Thackeray calls us 'Hyderabad wale'. You are naadan (naive) and naasamaz (witless). Your entire life has been spent in the shadow of your father," Owaisi said.
"We came from Hyderabad to Nanded and then to Aurangabad and Byculla," he said. MIM made a foray in Maharashtra in 2012, winning 11 of the 81 seats in Nanded Municipal Corporation elections. Last year, MIM candidates won Aurangabad and Byculla Assembly seats.
A Sena spokesperson declined to comment, saying Uddhav Thackeray is likely to respond to Owaisi's remarks at a poll rally in Bandra tomorrow.