Badruddin Ajmal

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Badruddin Ajmal

Badruddin Ajmal[1] (Assamese: বদৰুদ্দিন আজমল) (born 12 February 1950) is a member of the Indian Parliament[2] from Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency, born in the Indian state of Assam. He is an industrialist, activist, educationist and philanthropist.[3]

He established the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), now the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF)[4] and consolidated its position in Indian politics especially in Assam. He is also the president of the Assam State Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind[5][clarification needed] and a member of the advisory board of Darul Uloom Deoband.


Social activities[edit]

A Fazil-e-Deoband (Equivalent to Masters Degree in Islamic Theology and Arabic) from Darul Uloom Deoband, Moulana Badruddin Ajmal is an industrialist, a businessman and a social worker.[5]

He is also the founding President of NGO Markazul Ma'arif which runs schools, orphanages, hospitals and other social, educational and economic developmental activities in the country. The organization was founded in 1982 and works in Assam and other northeast states in the fields of illiteracy, poverty and basic immunization.

He is the Managing Trustee of Haji Abdul Majid Memorial (HAMM) Public Trust, Hojai. This trust is best known for the charitable hospital, Haji Abdul Majid Memorial Hospital and Research Center[6] at Hojai, Assam.

He is a member of Advisory Board (Shura) of Darul Uloom Deoband, Uttar Pradesh and Central Working Committee, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind. He is also the President of Assam State Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind and Tanzim Madaris-e Quamia — All Assam Non-government Madrasa Board that prepares the curriculum and conducts examinations throughout the state for more than 600 madrasas.[citation needed] He is also related to other madrasas, schools, and orphanages either as Chairman or Secretary in various parts of northeast India.[citation needed]

He is the Chairman of Markazul Ma’arif Education and Research Centre (MMERC), Mumbai — an institution that by teaches English language to madrasa graduates and promotes research works on socio-religious and economic fields.[citation needed]

In 2006 the Ajmal family facilitated higher education for women in Assam through the Maryam Ajmal Women’s College of Science & Technology at Hojai.[citation needed]

Political activities[edit]

Ajmal established and became the founding president of All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) - a political party formed by different suppressed sections of society and under-privileged religious and linguistic minority groups in Assam aimed at protecting their democratic rights and to empower these segments - on 2 October 2005 in Assam. Later he relaunched the party in other states of India through a press meet in New Delhi on 2nd Feb 2009.[citation needed]

In 2006 election for Assam Legislative Assembly, he was elected simultaneously from two constituencies — South Salmara and Jamunamukh — by a large margin of votes, and was also elected as the leader of the AUDF Legislative Party which altogether won 10 seats in its maiden electoral fight.[7]

In the general election May 2009, although his party managed to win only one seat, that is, Ajmal himself won from Dhubri Lok Sabha seat with a large margin[citation needed] defeating his nearest Congress rival and sitting member Anowar Hussain, but the AIUDF's vote share is improved and secured the highest number of votes in 25 Assembly segments in Assam.

In 2011 election for Assam Legislative Assembly, AIUDF won 18 seats and emerged as the largest opposition party in Assam.[8]

An Assamese Muslim group, the Sadou Asom Gariya – Moria Desi (SAGMJ), along with the All Assam Students Union, blamed Ajmal for inflammatory comments following Assam violence in 2012.[9]

Literary activities[edit]

Ajmal was the president of Hojai session reception committee of Assam Sahitya Sabha, 2004 and Darul Hadith, Jayanagar Madrassa, Assam.[5]

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