Lone Muslim woman MLA to strive for girls' education

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 07, 2012 15:22 hrs

A greenhorn in politics, the lone Muslim woman MLA from ruling SAD, Farzana Alam has decided to focus on education of poor girls after taking oath as a new member of the Punjab Assembly.

Pipping sitting Congress MLA Razia Sultana to the post in Malerkotla seat, debutant Farzana today said she would like to see the overall progress of her constituency.

"But, education for all will be my priority. I will like every child in my constituency to go to school. Girls in particular should also get equal educational opportunities," she said.

Her husband, Mohd Izhar Alam, a retired Punjab DGP, is also lending a helping hand to realise her dreams and has already opened a model school for boys in Malerkotla, where 3,000 students are studying, and a senior secondary girls school in which 2,500 girls are getting education.

"I have not set specific targets, but will like to see this constituency develop like other areas of Punjab," said Farzana, a housewife, till she took a plunge in the rough and tumble of politics recently.

She is among the 14 women to enter the portals of the Assembly this time.

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