Azam Khan (politician)

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Azam Khan
(आज़म ख़ान )
(اعظم خان )
Mohammad Azam Khan 1.jpg
Member, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
(1980-1985), (1985-1989), (1989-1991), (1991-1992), (1993-1995), (2002-2007), (2007-2012), (2012-2017), (2017-2022)
Constituency Rampur
Minister Of State Government of Utter Pardesh
Personal details
Born (1948-08-14) August 14, 1948 (age 68)[1]
Rampur, United Provinces, India
(now Uttar Pradesh, India)[1]
Nationality  India
Political party Samajwadi Party[1]
Other political
affiliations
Janata Party
Janata Dal
Lok Dal &
Janata Party (Secular)
Spouse(s) Tazeen Fatma (wife)[1]
Children Adeeb Azam Khan (son),
Abdullah Azam Khan (son)
Parents Mumtaz Khan (father)[1]
Alma mater Aligarh Muslim University[2]
Profession Lawyer & Politician
Religion Islam

Azam Khan (a.k.a. Mohammad Azam Khan) (Hindi: आज़म खान) is an Indian politician and a member of the 17th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh of India.[1][2] He was also the Cabinet Minister in the Government of Uttar Pradesh and has been a member of the legislative assembly for nine terms from Rampur assembly constituency. Azam Khan is a member of the Samajwadi Party.[3] He is a Sunni Muslim.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Azam Khan was born 14 August 1948 in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh, India. He attended Aligarh Muslim University and attained Bachelor of Laws degree in 1974.[1][2] Khan got married to Tazeen Fatma in 1981 and has two sons.[1] Prior to joining politics, he worked as a lawyer.

Political career[edit]

Azam Khan has been a MLA for nine terms; all from Rampur assembly constituency. He is also a cabinet minister in the government of Uttar Pradesh. Khan is currently a member of the Samajwadi Party but has been a member of four other political parties between 1980 and 1992. During his first term (8th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh), he was a member of Janata Party (Secular). During his second term (9th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh), he was a member of the Lok Dal. Khan was a member of Janata Dal during his third term (10th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh). In his fourth term (11th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh), Azam Khan was a member of Janata Party. Since 1993 (his fifth term and 12th Legislative Assembly of Uttar Pradesh), he has been a member of the Samajwadi Party.

Azam Khan also was a post holder in Samajwadi Party however on 17 May 2009 he resigned from the general secretary post of the party.[5] However, during the 15th Loksabha elections, his opposition to the Samajwadi Party candidate, Jaya Prada, and the surrounding controversies resulted in a crisis in the party,[6] and on 24 May 2009, he was expelled for six years.[7] The Samajwadi Party later revoked his expulsion and he rejoined on 4 December 2010.[8]

Posts Held[edit]

# From To Position Comments
01 1980 1985 Member, 08th Legislative Assembly
02 1985 1989 Member, 09th Legislative Assembly
03 1989 1991 Member, 10th Legislative Assembly
04 1989 1991 Minister in the government of Uttar Pradesh
05 1991 1992 Member, 11th Legislative Assembly
06 1991 1991 Minister in the government of Uttar Pradesh
07 1993 1995 Member, 12th Legislative Assembly
08 1993 1995 Minister in the government of Uttar Pradesh
09 2002 2007 Member, 14th Legislative Assembly
10 2002 2003 Leader of the opposition, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
11 2003 2007 Cabinet minister in the government of Uttar Pradesh
12 2007 2012 Member, 15th Legislative Assembly
13 2012 2017 Member, 16th Legislative Assembly
14 2012 2017 Cabinet minister in the government of Uttar Pradesh
15 2017 Incumbent Member, 17th Legislative Assembly

Controversies[edit]

  • On 28 August 2012, he lost his temper and verbally abused an Indian Administrative Service officer during a meeting, shouting at the officer: "Bakwas karte ho...chup baithiye...badtameez kaheen ke" (Stop talking non-sense...sit quietly...you ill-mannered).[9]
  • During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Azam Khan caused several controversies which sparked attention from the media.
    • He said, referring to the Kargil War: "The perks of Kargil were conquered not by Hindu, but Muslim soldiers.”[10][11] This was criticized by the Indian media and an FIR was lodged against him. He refused to apologize for this and later accused the Indian Election Commission of bias against him because of his religion.[12]
    • While addressing a rally in Sambhal, Azam Khan appealed to people to take revenge against the “murderers of Muzaffarnagar.” Third, Azam Khan insulted his political opponent Narendra Modi, saying: "We don’t want your sympathy, elder brother of a dog’s son."[13]
    • On 11 April 2014, Azam said that Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi had been punished by Allah for "forcible" sterilisation during the Emergency and "shilanyas" at the disputed site in Ayodhya.[14]
    • He also commented on Narendra Modi's acknowledgement of his marriage, saying "the person who could not live with his wife, how can he live with the country?".[10]
  • It has been alleged that he pressured the police to not arrest people from the Muslim community during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.[15] Later he was in the news, when some of his buffalo were stolen, when sniffer dogs and a team of 100s of policemen were deployed for the job.[16][17]
  • In July 2014, Shias in Uttar Pradesh asked for his removal over accusations of bribery.[18]
  • On 21 November 2014, Azam Khan commented that Taj Mahal should be handed over to the Wakf board. He was widely criticized in the media over his remarks, as the Taj Mahal belongs to the whole of India and not to a single community. He also said, apparently sarcastically, that the huge birthday funding of Netaji came from Dawood Ibrahim and the Taliban.[19] He is also accused of having called Bharatmata a "dayan" (witch) in the past.[20]
  • In 2013, Dalit writer and social activist Kanwal Bharti was arrested by Rampur Police (constituency of Azam Khan) for a Facebook post against Khan. Bharti, was booked under Section 66-A of the Information Technology Act.
  • In 2015, a teenage school boy was also arrested under Section 66-A of IT Act for an "objectionable" post on Khan after Khan’s media-in-charge Fasahat Ali lodged an FIR.[21] Later, the Supreme Court sought an explanation from the Uttar Pradesh Police on the circumstances leading to the arrest of the boy. Later, in March 2015, Section 66-A of the IT Act was struck down by the Supreme Court deeming it unconstitutional.[22]
  • On 3 October 2015, Khan made a comment saying that Bharatiya Janata Party MP Mahesh Sharma should be arrested for conspiracy to commit the murder of a man for eating beef in the Dadri village of Bisara.[23]
  • Suspended IPS officer filed a case against Azam Khan in CJM court Lucknow on account of indecent comment on November 30, 2015.[24]

Kumbh Mela incident[edit]

He was appointed as the Chairman of the Maha Kumbh Mela committee by the U.P. Chief Minister. More than 30 million pilgrims took the holy dip in the Ganges River and returned home safely. However, almost forty people died in a stampede at the Allahabad Junction railway station (which was actually located outside Kumbh Mela premises), leading to Khan announcing his resignation on "moral grounds".[25] The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister rejected Khan's resignation, praising the minister and declaring that Khan was not at fault.[26]

Paris attacks[edit]

On 15 Nov 2015, Azam Khan made controversial statements (below) about the November 2015 Paris attacks.

  • The Paris terror attacks were the result of the action of global superpowers like America and Russia and "history will decide who is a terrorist."
  • We condemn the Paris attack, we also condemn the attacks on oil-bearing countries by America and Russia. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and Iran were destroyed in these attacks.
  • We should first see who killed the innocents first and who retaliated. Whoever kills innocent people, whether it is America or Russia or any group, is wrong...history will decide who is a terrorist and who is not.
  • Killing innocents whether in Syria or Paris is a highly deplorable act and the whole world should condemn it. But then, if you created such a situation, you have to face the backlash too.
— [27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Candidate affidavit". My neta.info. Retrieved Sep 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "All MLAs from Assembly Constituency". Elections.in. Retrieved Sep 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ FirstPost.com http://www.firstpost.com/politics/up-mulayam-finds-new-vote-bank-as-sunni-shia-row-gets-political-hue-1669553.html. Retrieved 16 November 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Azam Khan resigns as SP gen secy". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Bhatt, Virenda Nath (10 May 2009). "Rampuri knives out: Yadav tears into Khan". Express India. 
  7. ^ "SP expels Azam Khan for six years", The Hindu. 25 May 2009
  8. ^ "Azam Khan returns to SP". The Indian Express. 5 December 2010. 
  9. ^ Zanane, Anant (28 August 2012). Malik, Surabhi, ed. "UP minister Azam Khan loses his cool at meeting, abuses IAS officer". NDTV. 
  10. ^ a b "FIR filed against UP cabinet minister Azam Khan". The Times of India. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Azam Khan's foot-in-mouth statements about the Election Commission". 18 April 2014. Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Commission Cannot Behave Like God, Says Azam Khan". NDTV. 1 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "5 controversial comments made by Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan". http://www.india.com/. 11 April 2014.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Allah-has-punished-Rajiv-Gandhi-Sanjay-Gandhi-Azam- Khan/articleshow/33623527.cms "Allah has punished Rajiv Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi: Azam Khan"] Check |url= value (help). http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014.  line feed character in |url= at position 122 (help); External link in |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ "Cops expose Azam Khan's role in Muzaffarnagar violence". 18 September 2013. 
  16. ^ Vij, Shivam (2 February 2014). "Why UP minister Azam Khan has a 50% chance of recovering his stolen buffaloes". 
  17. ^ Ghosh, Deepshikha, ed. (4 February 2014). "Azam Khan's stolen buffaloes found, 3 policemen punished". NDTV. 
  18. ^ "Shias in UP seek Azam Khan's removal". www.oneindia.com. 
  19. ^ "Azam Khan rakes up a controversy, quips Mulayam Singh's birthday buggy ride funded by Taliban, Dawood". The Indian Express. 
  20. ^ "Azad from Kashmir, not India: Azam Khan". The Times of India. 23 December 2010. 
  21. ^ Abbas, Nazar (19 March 2015). "Day after boy's arrest for Facebook post on Azam Khan, parties protest police 'excess'". The Times of India. 
  22. ^ "SC strikes down 'draconian' Section 66A". The Hindu. 25 March 2015. 
  23. ^ http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/bjp-mp-mahesh-sharma-should-be-booked-azam-khan/
  24. ^ http://www.jagran.com/uttar-pradesh/lucknow-city-13236174.html
  25. ^ "Kumbh Mela chief Azam Khan resigns over stampede". BBC News. 11 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013. 
  26. ^ "Akhilesh rejects Azam Khan's resignation as Kumbh in-charge". CNN-IBN. 14 February 2013. 
  27. ^ "Reason for Paris attack". NDTV. Retrieved Nov 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)