Abu Azmi

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Abu Asim Azmi
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Azmi in 2009
President Samajwadi Party Maharashtra
Assumed office
Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
13 October 2009
Preceded byconstituency created
ConstituencyMankhurd Shivaji Nagar
Member of Parliament Rajya Sabha
In office
ConstituencyUttar Pradesh
Personal details
Born (1955-08-08) 8 August 1955 (age 66)
Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partySamajwadi Party
RelationsAyesha Takia (daughter-in-law)
ChildrenFarhan Azmi
Residence(s)Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Alma materVeer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University
OccupationPolitics, Business
ProfessionManpower Consultants, running Hotels, Director In Companies And Investment In Firms

Abu Asim Azmi (born 8 August 1955) is a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. He represents the Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar Constituency, Mumbai. He belongs to the Samajwadi Party.

He is the President of the Maharashtra state branch of the Samajwadi Party (SP).[1] He currently represents Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar of Mumbai Suburban District in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.


Azmi entered politics and in 1995, under his leadership, the Samajwadi Party (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 from Bhiwandi constituency. From 2002 to 2008, Azmi was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rajya Sabha.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha election, Azmi was defeated by Gurudas Kamat (Congress). 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.

Azmi is the only MLA from Maharashtra to have won from 2 seats simultaneously in one election.[citation needed]

Azmi has secured three consecutive wins in his Mankhurd Shivaji Nagar Constituency from 2009 to 2024.


Comments on Shakti Mill Rape Case

In 2013, on the Shakti Mill Rape Case, Azmi told Mid-Day, "Any woman if, whether married or unmarried, goes along with a man, with or without her consent, should be hanged. Rape is punishable by hanging in Islam. But here, nothing happens to women, only to men. Even the woman is guilty. Girls complain when someone touches them, and even when someone doesn't touch them. It becomes a problem then ... If rape happens with or without consent, it should be punished as prescribed in Islam." He also said, "See, I don't know what context he said it in. But, at times, the wrong people are awarded the death penalty. Boys do it in josh (Hindi: excitement), but what can I say in this? The death sentence should be given. I won't speak against Islam."[2] Azmi's comments were widely criticized in India.[3][4] His daughter-in-law and actress, Ayesha Takia, said she was deeply embarrassed and ashamed of comments made by her father-in-law.[5][6]

Comments on Muslim Leadership

In a video, Azmi is seen saying: "A Muslim who wants to build own leadership should go to Pakistan, this is secular India where our leaders are going to be Hindus."[7]

Members of Legislative Assembly



Election Member Party
2009 Abu Azmi Samajwadi Party
2014 Abu Azmi Samajwadi Party
2019 Abu Azmi Samajwadi Party

See also


  1. ^ "Rajya Sabha members" Rajya Sabha Secretariat, New Delhi Accessed 30 December 2009
  2. ^ "SHOCKING! Women having sex should be hanged, says Abu Azmi". mid-day. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Abu Azmi follows Mulayam Singh's footsteps with 'sexist' remark; says 'Women having premarital sex should be hanged'". DNA India. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Outrage after Abu Azmi says 'women having sex outside marriage should be hanged'". NDTV.com. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  5. ^ Azmi♡, Ayesha Takia (11 April 2014). "if wot im reading about my father in laws statements r true then me and Farhan are deeply embarrassed n ashamed..." @Ayeshatakia. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Deeply embarassed and ashamed: Ayesha Takia reacts to father-in-law Abu Azmi's rape comment". News18. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  7. ^ @imAsadShaikh (5 October 2021). "A Muslim who wants to build own leadership should go to Pakistan, this is secular India where our leaders use to be…" (Tweet) – via Twitter.

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