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Born in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut, Amanatullah Khan is a politician affiliated to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He represents the Okhla constituency in the sixth Delhi legislative Assembly. In the 2015 Delhi election, Amanatullah defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) Braham Singh by a massive margin of over 60,000 votes.
Before joining the AAP, Khan had contested the 2013 Delhi election, unsuccessfully, on a Lok Jan Shakti Party ticket.
Amanatullah Khan has been in the eye of the storm throughout his Assembly, being regularly targetted by Opposition parties. Most recently, a BJP leader wrote to the Delhi Police and filed a complaint against the AAP leader for allegedly inciting people during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. Several reports claimed that numerous AAP leaders had also written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for Amanatullah Khan’s removal from party ranks.
The Delhi Police had arrested Khan in July 2016 after a woman alleged that the MLA threatened to kill her when she visited his house with a complaint about power cuts. Months later, he was again arrested over a complaint of sexual harassment by his brother-in-law’s wife. He has also been questioned over an alleged recruitment scam in the Delhi Waqf Board by the anti-corruption Bureau.
In May 2017, Khan was suspended for attacking Kumar Vishwas after he was forced to resign from AAP's political affairs committee to make room for Vishwas. On 20 February 2018, a case was filed against Khan and fellow legislator Prakash Jarwal for assaulting Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.
Delhi Assembly election 2020
For the 2020 Delhi election, the AAP has again fielded Amanatullah Khan from Okhla, a seat he had won in 2015 with a 62.57 per cent vote share against the BJP’s Braham Singh (23.84 per cent) and the Congress’ Asif Mohd Khan (12.08 per cent). This time, while the BJP has retained Braham Singh as its candidate from Okhla, the Congress has yet to announce its candidate.