Asaduddin Owaisi

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Asaduddin Owaisi was born on 13 May 1969 to Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi and Najmunnisa Begum He comes from a political family of Hyderabad. His grandfather Abdul Wahed Owaisi relaunched the political party Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen as All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen 18 September 1957 Owaisi is married to Farheen Owaisi. The couple has six children which include one son and five daughters.He is hailed by his supporters as Naqeeb-e-Millat.

Owaisi made his political debut in 1994 in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly election. Contesting from the Charminar constituency which his party has been winning since 1967, he defeated his nearest rival a breakaway party Majlis Bachao Tehreek‘s candidate by a margin of 40 thousand votes

In 2004, Owaisi’s father Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi who had been representing the Hyderabad constituency in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Indian parliament) refused to contest further citing poor health. The constituency has 70% Muslim population.He was polled 38% votes compared to his nearest rival Subhas Chanderji’s 28%

Owaisi was awarded the 2014 Sansad Ratna award (Gem of parlamentiarians) October 2013 for his performance in the 15th session of Indian parliament. During this period, he asked 1080 questions in the Parliament compared to the national average of 292. His attendance at 70% was 6% short of the national average.

In April 2017, on the issue of ban on cow slaughter, Owaisi criticized BJP for being hypocritical in treating cow as holy in Uttar Pradesh and North Indian states, but un-holy in the Northeast, Goa and Kerala. Owaisi said that Muslim men divorcing their wife through instant triple talaq without reasons, must be socially boycotted, but said that the practice still exists.

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