Mumbai: A cake with the image of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi was cut during the celebrations to mark the birthday of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray in Mumbai on Tuesday, evoking a strong reaction from the Hyderabad-based party.
Thackeray was greeted by his supporters at his residence 'Krishna Kunj' at Dadar in Central Mumbai, where some supporters brought the cake with Owaisi's image on it and cut it.
The action drew condemnation from AIMIM, whose MLA Waris Pathan demanded action against those who cut the cake.
Earlier in March this year, Asaduddin Owaisi had said that he will not chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' even if a knife was put to his throat, as reported by The Hindu.
Owaisi made the comment in response to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat's suggestion that patriotism be instilled in the younger generation by teaching them to chant the slogan, hailing 'Mother India'.
Raj Thackeray, the firebrand Maharshtra leader had then targeted Owaisi on this statement.
"Come to Maharashtra, I will put a knife to your throat," the MNS chief had said, Thackeray was quoted as saying in a NDTV report.
With inputs from agencies