New Delhi: Well-known poet and writer Javed Akhtar on Tuesday hit out at All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi in Parliament.
"He (Owaisi) said he will not say `Bharat mata ki jai` as the Constitution does not require him to say so. The Constitution even does not ask him to wear sherwani (dress) and topi (cap)... I don't care to know whether saying 'Bharat mata ki jai' is my duty or not, it is my right," Akhtar said amid thundering applause.
Rejecting RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's suggestion for chanting the slogan to infuse patriotism, Owaisi had on Sunday said he would not say 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' even if a knife was put to his throat.
Watch the unmissable speech here: