Mian clan faces a tough challenge in 57 years
Despite Altaf ’s assertions, the ground realities are a bit tricky, and could prevent the Mian family from going to the assembly this year.
Mians have an impressive political profile in the region. Altaf, who is seeking re-election for the fifth time, is a third-generation Mian representing the belt. His grand-father Mian Nizam-ud-Din won the assembly election twice in 1957 and 1962, and then his son Mian Bashir had two stints in 1967 and 1972. They were with the Congress then, till Altaf deserted the Congress and joined the NC. He won in 1987, 1996, 2002 and 2008. But this time round, things look a bit different, and PDP is confident of springing a surprise.
Despite Altaf ’s assertions, the ground realities are a bit tricky, and could prevent the Mian family from going to the assembly this year, for the first time since 1957.
Altaf faces the biggest challenge from PDP’s Bashir Ahmad Mir, a young man who graduated in 2006 and gave a close run to Altaf in 2008, only to lose by 7,700 votes. Mir had rescued many people during the September floods.