The decline and fall of Azam Khan

The decline and fall of Azam Khan


For the first time in four decades, Rampur and SP strongman Azam Khan finds himself disqualified and without a seat in the House. The Yogi regime is now hot on his trail

Azam Khan (centre) with son Abdullah Azam and supporters in Rampur; (Photo: Maneesh Agnihotri)

Ashish Misra

New Delhi,ISSUE DATE: Mar 13, 2023 | UPDATED: Mar 3, 2023 19:15 IST

Azam Khan was unusually quiet as he and his supporters waited at the MP-MLA court complex in Moradabad on February 13. The usually belligerent general secretary of the Samajwadi Party (SP) was waiting for a verdict on a case from way back in 2008, when he and his supporters had created a ruckus at the Chhajlet police station in Moradabad district. On New Year’s Day in 2008, there had been a terrorist attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Rampur (incidentally Azam’s home district) after which a high alert had been declared in the whole state. The next day, Azam’s convoy was on its way to a marriage when it was stopped for vehicle checks in Chhajlet. An enraged Azam and his supporters ended up blocking the highway for several hours. The police had then registered a case against nine people, including Azam and his younger son Abdullah Azam.


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