Shazia Ilmi (born 1970)[1] is an Indian politician. She was previously a television journalist and anchor at Star News. She led a media campaign for an anti-corruption bill (to institute an ombudsman popularly known as the Jan Lokpal Bill). She was a member of the Aam Aadmi Party's National Executive but left the party in May 2014 and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2015.

Shazia Ilmi
Shazia Ilmi
Shazia Ilmi
Spokesperson of Bharatiya Janata Party
In office
2015 – Incumbent
Spokesperson of India Against Corruption
In office
Personal details
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party 2015–present
Other political
Aam Aadmi Party till 2014
Spouse(s)Sajjad Malik
OccupationSocial Activist, Journalist, Politician

Early lifeEdit

Shazia Ilmi comes from a middle-class Kanpur-based Muslim family with links to the Indian National Congress political party.[2] Her father, Maulana Ishaq Ilmi, was the founder and editor of Siyasat Jadid, a Kanpur-based Urdu newspaper. Her brother is Dr. Aijaz Ilmi, a member and spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Her sister is married to Arif Mohammed Khan, a former Indian National Congress politician and Union Minister who recently was appointed as the Governor of Kerala.[3]

Ilmi was educated at St. Mary’s School in Kanpur and Nainital and then at St. Bede's College, Shimla.[1] She then completed degree courses in journalism and broadcasting at Jamia Millia Islamia and the University of Wales, Cardiff,[3] and also completed a diploma in 16mm film production at New York Film Academy.[4]

Ilmi in 2018

In January 2017, Ilmi was appointed the additional director (non-official part-time independent) of Engineers India Ltd (EIL) from 27 March 2017 to 30 January 2020.[5][6]

She is married to Sajid Mallik, who is half Gujarati Muslim and half Tamil Iyer.[2]

Television careerEdit

Ilmi spent 15 years in varied aspects of television news and documentary production.[3] She has been an anchor on Star News, where she hosted and produced the popular prime time news show Desh Videsh.[7]

Ilmi has been a member of the International Association of Women in Radio and Television.[8] Her film titled P.O. 418 Siyasat Kanpur, concerning the struggle for survival of an Urdu language newspaper, was screened at the IAWRT film festival in 2011[9] and also at events such as a similar festival in Kerala.[10] She was also a co-director, with Radha Hola, of a 1996 documentary concerning the eco-feminist Vandana Shiva. This film, called Daughter of the Earth — Portrait of Vandana Shiva, has been shown by various television broadcasters, including the Discovery Channel.[11]


She was a member of the National Executive of the Aam Aadmi Party[12] and was seen in a sting operation, along with other AAP leaders such as Kumar Vishwas, allegedly accepting money for the party in return for favours.[13] She offered to withdraw her candidature in the Delhi legislative assembly elections of 2013.[14] which the party has rejected after going through the entire raw footage, calling the operation a political conspiracy.[15] The Election Commission ordered an inquiry regarding the legitimacy of the video.[16][clarification needed]

She contested the Lok Sabha elections, 2014 for the AAP from Ghaziabad but lost to V. K. Singh.[17] After this, being unhappy with the party's leadership, she resigned her party membership on 24 May 2014.[18]

Ilmi joined the BJP on 16 January 2015.[19]


  1. ^ a b BP Staff (2 August 2012). "The Biography of Shazia Ilmi, a prominent Team Anna Member". Biharprabha News. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Jha, Rakesh (20 January 2015). "Know all about Shazia Ilmi, the journalist-turned-politician". India TV.
  3. ^ a b c Sruthijith, K. K. (25 December 2011). "Shazia Ilmi, ex-journalist: The Muslim face of Team Anna". The Economic Times. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  4. ^ Voll, Klaus; Kamakshi Nanda (2013). AAM AADMI PARTY (AAP) A NEW POLITICAL PARTY IN INDIA (PDF). FEPS. p. 9.
  5. ^ "Shazia appointment" (PDF).
  6. ^ "BJP's Sambit Patra appointed to ONGC board".
  7. ^ Kaniwal, Rahul (18 August 2011). "A thinktank brings Anna the eyeballs". India Today. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  8. ^ "IAWRT Members and their World Premiere Films" (PDF). The International Association of Women in Radio and Television Newsletter. IAWRT. 2 (1): 4. April 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Becoming a woman". The Hindu. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  10. ^ "4th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala". Kerala State Chalachitra Academy for the Government of Kerala. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  11. ^ "Daughter of the earth - Portrait of Vandana Shiva". 10 Francs. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  12. ^ "National Executive". Aam Aadmi Party. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  13. ^ "AAP leaders raising funds through illegal means, shows sting; Kejriwal cries foul". Indian Express. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  14. ^ "AAP sting operation: Arvind Kejriwal cries conspiracy, Shazia Ilmi offers to resign". Zee News. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  15. ^ "AAP defends Shazia Ilmi, threatens to sue Media Sarkar and TV channels". Indian Express. 23 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  16. ^ "EC begins inquiry into sting operation against AAP leaders". India Today. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 24 November 2013.
  17. ^ "6th Candidate List Announced - 2014 Elections". Aam Aadmi Party official portal.
  18. ^ "AAP in turmoil as Shazia Ilmi and Captain Gopinath quit". The Economic Times. 24 May 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Shazia Ilmi joins BJP, not to enter poll fray". The Hindu. Retrieved 18 January 2015.