Chrar(Budgam): Mudasir Ahmad Mir and Mukhtar Ahmad Dar, polling agents for NC and PDP respectively, are star attractions for pro-election people at Townhall Chrar Sharief polling booth. The duo in early 20s is seated next to each other at the main entrance of the polling booth.
And, they seem to be fit for the job assigned to them: directing their respective supporters how and whom to vote for. Mir and Dar have joined the ranks with a purpose: they want to use their experience as the springboard for political careers.
Mir, a student, isn’t there by chance, but comes from a three-generation pro-NC family. How does he motivate people to vote for the NC? “ I just make them aware of the work NC has put in last five years or so and give them historical importance of our party,” says Mir whose father has had a stint as polling agent as well in the past.
Mir wants this dash use as a stepping stone for the bigger things in the future.
“I think it is a learning experience for me and it will help me in the future to create a career in the politics,” feels Mir.
Dar’s political attachment is a recent one which has come from his varsity-Islamic University Awantipora-a PDP stronghold where he is pursuing post graduation in Arabic. What attracted him to the PDP? He has a simple answer. “I reckon PDP’s manifesto in itself is a great vision and seems to be ditto with what Syed Ali Geelani is saying, and I had no reason to avoid it. We have been exploited by NC people over the years now it is time to bring about change,” he says.
He feels unemployment and injustice were prevalent under the current regime, a contrast to what happened when PDP was at the helm of affairs.