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Ready to fight election against Asaduddin Owaisi, says Javed Akhtar

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Speaking at the India Today Conclave 2016, Javed Akhtar said he is ready to contest against Owaisi from any constituency in India which has equal number of Hindu and Muslim voters.
A couple of days after he hit back at All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi over ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ slogan row in Parliament, noted poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar has challenged the Hyderabad MP to fight election against him. | Read: In his Parliament farewell speech, Javed Akhtar takes on Owaisi
Speaking at the India Today Conclave 2016, Javed Akhtar said he is ready to contest against Owaisi from any constituency in India which has equal number of Hindu and Muslim voters.
“I am ready to contest election against Owaisi in any constituency which has 50 per cent of Muslim voters and 50 per cent of Hindu voters,” Akhtar said.

“Problem with fundamentalists is that they want to kill your identity and make you fit in a monolithic identity,” he said.
Commenting on Owaisi’s remark, Akhtar said,” Confrontational attitude causes problems. Democracy needs muti-party system, democracy needs citizens.”
“Will Owaisi say Bharat Ammi Ki Jai if he has problem saying Bharat Mata Ki Jai?” was Shabana Azmi’s response during the session at the Conclave.
Azmi, however, said he would never contest election as that would require her to join a party and accept its ideologies.
“I won’t contest election, you lose your independence if you join a party,” Azmi added.
“Nowhere in the Constitution it says that one should say: Bharat Mata Ki Jai,” Owaisi had said during a rally in Latur in Maharashtra last week

Owaisi’s assertion came days after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the new generation needed to be taught to chant slogans hailing mother India. Owaisi’s remarks drew sharp criticism from the RSS, the BJP and Shiv Sena.

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