It was an different scene to see a frail and doddering old man walking towards the polling booth on May 4 so as to cast his vote for the very first time.
So it was also a family and enclave affair for Ali as he was accompanied by his son, grandson, other family members and members of the enclave society all of whom went to cast their first vote.
A special vehicle was brought in for them by the Election Commission and the polling station even literally rolled out the red carpet for these voters.
A complex territorial division created enclaves or islands of foreign territory inside both India and Bangladesh. No one before the Modi government was able to get a breakthrough.
For the past 68 years, these Indians were living in an area that was a virtual no-man’s land. Finally, they got an identity and it was this joy which made Asgar Ali’s face beam with a radiant smile.