Obaidullah Khan Azmi

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Maulana Obaidullah Khan Azmi
Member of Rajya Sabha
In office
1990–1996, 1996–2002,20002–2008
Constituency Madhya Pradesh
Personal details
Born (1949-03-11) 11 March 1949 (age 68)[1]
Village: Khalispur, District: Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh
Political party Janata Dal[1]
Indian National Congress
Samajwadi Party
(till 2010)[2]
Nationalist Congress Party
(2014-Present)[3]
Spouse(s) Syeda Razia Obaid
Children Three sons and five daughters[1]
Residence Village: Khalispur, District: Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh
Alma mater
MA (Al Jamiatul Ashrafia), Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh
Profession politician
Religion Islam, Sunni

Maulana Obaidullah Khan Azmi is an Indian Sunni Islamic politician from Indian National Congress.[3][4] He was a member of Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian Parliament from 1990 to 2008. He represent Uttar Pradesh during 1990-96 and from Jharkhand during 1996–2002 from Janata Dal party. During 1992–96 he was General Secretary of Janata Dal and later became its Senior Vice-President.[1][5] From 2002 to 2008 he represented Madhya Pradesh from Indian National Congress party[6][7][8][9]

Shah Bano case protest[edit]

Maulana Obaidullah Khan Azmi became popular by his public speeches against Supreme Court Judgment in Shah Bano case. The audio cassettes of his speech were widely circulated and sold. He, at the time, had become a most sought after speaker for anti-Shah Bano case meetings in Mumbai. Mumbai police filed case against the Maulana and expelled him from Mumbai declaring his speeches inflammatory.[10][11]

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