Abu Asim Azmi
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|Abu Asim Azmi|
|Born||August 8, 1955|
|Political party||Samajwadi Party|
Abu Asim Azmi (born 8 August 1955, Manjir Patti, Azamgarh district, Uttar Pradesh, India) is the president of the Maharashtra state branch of the Samajwadi Party (SP). He currently represents Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar of Mumbai Suburban District in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
After his release from jail, Azmi entered politics and in 1995, under his leadership, the SP won two seats in the Maharashtra state assembly. In 2004, entering his first election cycle, Azmi was defeated by Yogesh Patil of the Shiv Sena party (SSP) from Bhiwandi constituency. From 2002 - 2008, Azmi was the MP for Rajya Sabha. In the 2009 Lok Sabha election cycle, Azmi was defeated by Gurudas Kamat (Congress Party), Gajanan Kirtikar (SSP) and Shalani Thakrey (Navnirman Sena). However, in 2009, Azmi was elected to the Maharashtra Assembly where he served for two terms. He successfully contested the seats of Mankhurd-Shivaji Nagar and Bhiwandi (East), and under rules limiting successful candidates to one region, he chose Mankhurd-Shivaji Nagar. In November 2009, Azmi made his political oath in Hindi instead of Marathi