With Tazeen Fatima’s win, UP assembly has mother-son pair for the first time
By winning the Rampur Sadar Assembly by-poll, Tazeen Fatima scripted history on Thursday. It is for the first time that a mother and son duo will be in the same house of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
Tazeen’s son, Abdullah Azam, is already the Suar MLA. Suar is another Assembly seat in Rampur.
Even before her election, the Azam Khan family already members in legislatures--two in Parliament and one in the UP Assembly.
While Tazeen’s husband, Azam Khan, is the Rampur MP, she was the Rajya Sabha member and Abdullah Azam the Suar MLA.
Now, Tazeen would be a legislator in the Assembly as she would soon quit her Rajya Sabha membership.
Akhilesh Yadav’s strategy of fielding the SP Rajya Sabha member on the seat while her husband and Rampur MP was under fire from the government over several alleged anomalies--land grabbing to goats-buffaloes theft--paid off.
Tazeen too is co-accused with Azam in some cases like power theft.
The SP won the seat even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made the third desperate attempt to breach Azam’s Rampur citadel since 2017.
The BJP could not win in its 2017 attempt at both Rampur Sadar and Suar assembly segment while it swept the state. It could not win the Rampur parliamentary polls in 2019 even though it defeated stalwarts like Rahul Gandhi in Amethi and Dimple Yadav in Kannauj.
The BJP had inducted Azam’s arch-rival and former SP MP from Rampur Jaya Prada into the party and fielded her against him but to no avail.
The seat that Tazeen won was vacated by Azam when he was elected Rampur MP. Azam had won nine elections on the Rampur Sadar seat. BJP and BSP never won this seat. This was Tazeen’s first electoral battle.