Shazia Ilmi was a founding member of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). However, questioning the inter party democracy she quit the party. Her departure was nothing short of a big jolt to the new party. Now, BJP is decimated in Delhi and AAP has won whooping 67 seats, there is a question about the decision of Shazia Ilimi. However, Shazia has clearly said that she is aware of these developments and there is no regret in her about joining the BJP. Previously, she was a social activist and also a journalist. She came into the lime light during the famous Anna Andolan against corruption. She had also unsuccessfully fought the last Delhi Assembly election, 2013. In the 2014 General Election, she fought from Ghaziabad on AAP ticket. However, she came fourth. General V. K. Singh won from here by a margin of 5.67 Lakhs votes, while Shazia could get around 20,000 votes.
Shazia Ilmi was born in 1970 in Kanpur. She did her schooling from Kanpur and Shimla. Later, she studied Mass Communication from famous Jamia Milia Islamia University, Delhi. Many of her family members are well known politicians related to Congress and BSP in UP. Shazia is youngest among her siblings - four brothers and two sisters.
Husband of Shazia Ilmi
Shazia Ilmi is married to Sajid Mallik. Her husband is a half Gujarati Muslim and half Tamil Iyer. He is a successful investment banker, and an entrepreneur. After marriage, Shazia had changed her name to Shazia Ilmi Malik. However, now she uses her maiden name only. Her husband Sajid Malik owned lots of real estate properties in the National Capital Region (NCR). He is quite rich. It is said that Shazia is quite dependent on her husband. Because of her husband, Shazia was the richest candidate from AAP in the last Delhi Assembly election with asset valuing Rs. 31 Crores. Remember, the real value of these properties may cross Rs. 100 Crores. Following picture is a snapshot of Shazia Ilmi affidavit to the Election Commission while she was making nomination from Ghaziabad:
In the election affidavit above, you can see that Shazia Ilmi has no children yet. The column for dependent is left blank. However, while there were some discussion about Shazia being an AAP candidate from Rai Barreili against Sonia Gandhi, he had said that she can't fight from Rai Barreili because of her daughter's exams. But, she has no daughter. Amazing, isn't it?
Shazia Ilmi and her husband are also said to be fighting with Ilmi’s family for property. In fact, Rashid Ilmi, the brother of Shazia Ilmi, had also fought the Delhi Assembly election against her. He along with Shazia had lost the election.
Shazia has also been in the news for many wrong reasons. In one of her rally, an MTV anchor had openly abused the then Home Minister. She was also involved in the unlawful attack of BJP office in Delhi by AAP volunteers. Delhi Police has already taken action against her for openly violating the Model Code of Conduct. It would be interesting how she handles her image in the BJP.