The streets and markets in Handwara town wore a deserted look on Tuesday, but polling booths were abuzz with voters queuing up to cast the vote. Tea and kehwa were served inside the booths as children tagged along with parents.
Similar to the first phase of polling, youth came out on larges numbers to vote, a feature that was missing in elections for the past two decades. This time youngsters in Kupwara and Handwara came with a mission, to vote for “change”.
“Earlier, leaders made empty promises. They promised government jobs and other things. This time, we are voting for Sajjad Lone and we are sure he will bring change. He will bring factories and industries here and he will completely change this place,” said Khalid Ahmad Bhat, a 21-year-old voter from Handwara.