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Asaduddin Owaisi Biography

Arvind Kejriwal

Asaduddin Owaisi

Political PartyAll India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen
ConstituencyHyderabad, Telangana
Date of BirthMay 13, 1969
Place of Birth Hyderabad, Telangana (erstwhile Andhra Pradesh)
Father's NameSultan Salahuddin Owaisi
Mother's NameNajmunnisa
Religion Islam
EducationBachelor of Arts from Osmania University, L.L.B from London and Barrister-at-Law (Lincolns Inn), England
Alma materHyderabad Public School
(Osmania University)
Nizam College
Marital StatusMarried
Spouse's NameFarheen Owaisi
ProfessionAdvocate, politician
Nickname(s)Naqeeb-e-Millat, Qaid, and commonly known as Asad Bhai
Positions held
  • Member of the India Parliament for Hyderabad (Assumed office 13 May 2014)
  • Member of the India Parliament for Hyderabad from 2009-2014
  • Member of the India Parliament for Hyderabad from 2004-2009
  • Member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly for Hyderabad from 1994-2004

Important positions held by Asaduddin Owaisi

  • 1994-2003: Member of the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly representing Charminar assembly constituency
  • 2004- till date: Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) representing Hyderabad Lok Sabha constituency
  • 2004-2006: Member, Committee on Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme; Member, Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment
  • 2006-2007: Member, Standing Committee on Defence
  • 2009-2014: Member, Committee on Defence; Member, Committee on Ethics


    Professional background of Asaduddin Owaisi before entering politics

    After completing his studies in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, he joined Tata Steel. He took leave of absence from the company so that he could concentrate on the Civil Services examination. In 1992 he quit his job. In the same year he cleared the Civil Services examination and joined the Indian Revenue Service. In February 2006, he resigned from the post of Joint Commissioner in the Income Tax Department. While working with the Income Tax department, he assisted in forming the NGO Parivartan in December 1999.

    How did Asaduddin Owaisi join politics?

    During the nation-wide protests against corruption, Asaduddin Owaisi had a difference of opinion with social activist Anna Hazare. Hazare wanted the Jan Lokpal movement to be politically neutral. On the other hand, Kejriwal?s opinion was that as no progress had been attained through talks with different political parties, it was necessary to get directly involved in politics. An organisation named India Against Corruption conducted a survey in this regard. The result indicated support for politicisation. Others involved in the anti-corruption movement too had split opinions. While Kejriwal?s move was supported by Shanti Bhushan and Prashant Bhushan, others like Santosh Hegde and Kiran Bedi opposed it.

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    YearConstituency State Status
    2014VaranasiUttar PradeshLost
    On 19 September 2012, Anna Hazare and Asaduddin Owaisi found that their differences over formation of a political party to replace India against Corruption movement were irreconcilable. On 2 October 2012, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Kejriwal announced the formation of a political party. He mentioned that the party would be formally launched on 26 November 2012. The Constitution of India was adopted on this day in 1949.

    The party was launched in Delhi on the scheduled date and was called the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) or the Common Man's Party. The party contested elections for the first time on 4 December 2013 for the Delhi legislative assembly. Asaduddin Owaisi defeated Sheila Dikshit in the New Delhi assembly constituency, who had been the chief minister of Delhi for three successive terms. He was first sworn in as the Chief Minister on 28 Dec 2013. He governed Delhi for only 49 days as he resigned from the post in Feb 2014.

  • Owaisi was booked for charges of manhandling the Medak district collector in 2005.
  • He was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days in 2013 over a case related to the MIM's protest against mosque demolition for a road-widening project.
  • In 2009, the Election Commission of India registered a case against Owaisi for chasing and beating up a polling agent of Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
  • In 2013, he was detained for organising a rally without taking permission and carrying a gun without license.
  • In 2014, Owaisi reportedly delivered a hate speech against Prime Minister Narendra Modi while seeking the Muslim community's support.
  • In 2016, while addressing a public rally in Maharashtra, Owaisi said that he would never say 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' (Hail mother India) in response to RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat's comment that the new generation should be taught to chant that slogan to express their love for their country.

Last Updated on June 06, 2020