Constituencies from where women candidates staked their political fortunes witnessed high polling in the %January 30 Punjab assembly election. A turnout of 87.21% was recorded in Malerkotla constituency where wives of two top cops one retired and another serving crossed swords. The story was similar at Lehra from where former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal sought re-election. The seat from hinterland Malwa registered 85.74% polling.
The ruling Shiromani Akali Dal had fielded first timer Farzana Alam, wife of retired DGP Mohammed Izhar Alam, against opposition Congress’ two-time MLA, Razia Sultana, wife of state additional director general of police Mohammed Mustafa.