[Raziya Sultana, wife of a top cop and third time MLA, is the only Muslim legislator in the 117-member Punjab Assembly]
Malerkotla (Punjab): Raziya Sultana, wife of a top cop and third time MLA, is the only Muslim legislator in the 117-member Punjab Assembly. Congress is set to form its government in the state, and Raziya Sultana as one of the seniormost members in the party, eyes for a key post in the government.
Raziya Sultana, who contested the 2017 Punjab Assembly elections as Congress candidate, defeated her nearest rival Mohammad Owais of Akali Dal by over 12,000 votes. Raziya Sultana is wife of Mohammad Mustafa DGP Punjab who was bestowed with with five gallantry medals.
According to the final result of Punjab Assembly elections declared by the State Election Commission, Raziya Sultana polled a total of 58.982 votes whereas Mohammad Owais could bag just 46,280 votes.
Mohammad Arshad contesting from Malerkotla was the only Muslim candidate of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Mohammad Arshad came a distant third bagging 17,635 votes.
Raziya Sultana was defeated by F. Nesara Khatoon (Farzana Alam) of Akali Dal in the 2012 elections in Malerkotla - the seat she won in 2002 and 2007.
Malerkotla has been represented by Muslims most of the time since 1957. Yusuf Zaman Begum was the first Muslim to win from Malerkotla in 1962. She was followed by H. H. N. I. A. Khan in 1967, Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan in 1969, Sajida Begum in 1972 and 1980, Anwar Ahmad Khan in 1977, Nusrat Ali Khan in 1985 and 1997 and Abdul Ghaffar in 1992 state elections.
The Punjab Assembly had 02 Muslim MLAs in 2012. Besides, F. Nesara Khatoon (Farzana Alam) of Akali Dal who won from Malerkotla in 2012, Mohammad Sadique of the Congress won from Bhadaur Assembly seat in 2012.
Congress MLA Mohammad Sadique contested the 2017 elections from Jaito Assembly seat. But, he lost the elections to Baldev Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by some 10,000 votes. Baldev Singh polled 45,344 votes and Mohammad Sadique bagged 35,351 votes.
In Qadia, hub of Ahmadiyas, Fatehjang Singh Bajwa of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) won the elections. No muslim candidate was in fray in this constituency.
Congress has fielded 02 Muslim candidates in 2017 Punjab Assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Akali Dali has given party ticket to 01 Muslim each. The BJP has not fielded any Muslim in the 2017 state elections
Overall, the Congress has won 77 of the total 117 seats of the Punjab Assembly. AAP is a distant second with 20 seats.
Akali Dal and BJP, ruling the state since last ten years, ended with 15 and 03 seats respectively. Lok Insaaf Party won 02 seats.