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RECAP: The controversial political career of Shazia Ilmi

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  • Nov 22, 2013, 00:52 AM IST
RECAP: The controversial political career of Shazia Ilmi
New Delhi: Engulfed in major controversy that might very well void the basis of Aam Aadmi Party’s(AAP) debut political campaign(read anti-corruption), AAP leader Shazia Ilmi has offered that she won’t contest the Delhi assembly elections till her name is cleared by the party.
“I hereby offer to resign and not contest elections. I don’t want my party’s image to be sullied. Our party has gained significant momentum and I don’t want some shoddy sting to harm it. Unless my name is cleared, I will not contest elections,” Ilmi was quoted as saying in the TV show, in presence of senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav.
“Dear Shazia Ilmi , Your offer to resign has been accepted. 
Yours Aam Aadmi,” a Twitter user reacted.
The sting operation, conducted by Media Sarkar, alleged that several leaders of AAP, who were contacted for their help in recovery of money from individuals and getting land deals done, readily agreed to extend their support in return of donations in cash to AAP.
Besides Ilmi and senior party leader Kumar Vishwas, AAP candidates from Kondli (Manoj Kumar), Sangam Vihar (Dinesh Mohaniya), Okhla (Irfan Ullah Khan), Rohtas Nagar (Mukesh Hooda), Deoli (Prakash) and Palam (Bhawna Gaur) are seen in the video.
It also accuses party convenor and Delhi CM candidate Arvind Kejriwal of selling one of the constituency seats for a staggering amount of Rs. 2 crore.
“Even non supporters of #AAP felt like heartbreak after sting of Shazia Ilmi n Kr Vishvas. Never thought Anna movement Will end Up like this,” another person expressed his disillusionment on Twitter.
So, have Ilmi and others left their party running for cover?
A former TV journalist, Ilmi is the richest AAP candidate in fray with declared assets worth Rs 31.79 crore.
A known face who unofficial doubles up as face of the fledgling outfit on TV debates, she has been in news for not always the right reasons.
We present a recap of how her brief political innings has unfolded over time..

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    RECAP: The controversial political career of Shazia Ilmi
    Outsider in RK Puram
    At one of her public meetings in Anand Lok, which falls under RK Puram constituency, a local’s question that how AAP could field an ‘outsider’ Shazia Ilmi from the RK Puram seat left the former TV journalist running for cover as she speechless at that moment.
    The woman who questioned Ilmi pointed out that she owns a house in Greater Kailash locality and thus AAP’s promise of decentralising power and choosing from among locals didn’t hold good in their case. 
    Fortunately for Ilmi, AAP leader Yogendra Yadav stepped in and explained that it was due to party’s small cadre base that it was forced to make ‘compromises’ on certain fronts.
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    RECAP: The controversial political career of Shazia Ilmi
    The controversial Road Show
    In a recorded video of road show organised by Shazia Ilmi in her constituency earlier this month, Channel V host Rajeev Laxman was seen abusing Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde while canvassing for Ilmi in an open jeep.
    Ilmi drew ire of Opposition parties as she was seen laughing and even encouraging Rajeev.
    Attacking Shinde, Laxman used the word "h*****". Shazia, who was standing right next to Laxman, laughed at the remarks.
    Kejriwal issued an unconditional public apology for Rajeev’s actions, denouncing the campaigning method altogether.
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    Richest candidate
    While she may have chosen to make her political debut with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP),  there is nothing ‘aam’ about her declared assets which very well exceed thirty crore rupees.
    After declared assets of AAP candidates including Shazia were made public, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj mockingly proposed that the outfit be renamed as ‘Ameer Aadmi Party’.
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    Family dispute
    Her brother Rashid Ilmi, who is by chance also contesting polls from RK Puram assembly seat, has accused her sister of threatening her and thus demanded protection from the Returning Officer.
    In a press statement issued by Rashid on November 19, he has claimed his sister has a history of indulging in violence and abusive behaviour which can be vouched by their mother and now that he is contesting elections against her, he is expecting retribution from her. 
    “Several times in the past, Ms. Shazia Ilmi has turned violent and even abused our mother. Now that I am contesting elections to expose her double standards in public life and getting good response from the people in my area, she is really angry at me. I believe that she could cause me bodily harm and thus I have written to Returning Officer so that he can recommend police protection for me,” the statement reads.
    Along with the letter, Mr Ilmi has also enclosed the copy of complaints dated 10.8.11 and 11.8.11 against Ms Shazia to the SHO of Chaman Ganj police station in Kanpur.
    Earlier in September this year, Rashid had ranted out against her sister for abusing their mother.
    Shazia had then termed the episode as a conspiracy of Congress. She had even claimed that it was owing to property dispute that her family was after her.
    "When political parties lose their character and strength of ideology, they resort to such cheap tricks. My brothers, Aijaz Ilmi of the Congress and Rashid Ilmi, have reached new depths to harass my other brother, Irshad Ilmi, and seek to malign my name as I have given shelter to his wife and children who were abused by them and my mother,” she had been quoted as saying.
    Shazia had then even threatened of filing a criminal case against her brother.

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