Kanpur: Shabnam Mausi, the first eunuch
legislator in the country, will contest the Uttar Pradesh
Assembly elections from Kanpur Cantt constituency.
Mausi who had won as an independent candidate from
Suhagpur Assembly seat in Madhya Pradesh`s Shahdol district in
2000, has filed her nomination as a candidate of Rashtriya
Viklang Party here yesterday, poll officials said.
In 2008 Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections, 50-year-old
Shabnam had unsuccessfully contested from Kotma segment of
Shahdol on a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ticket.
The Cantt seat is a Muslim-majority area that has about
2.87 lakh voters. All major parties, except BJP, have fielded
Muslim candidates from the constituency.
While Congress has fielded veteran leader Abdul Mannan,
SP has given ticket to Hasan Rumi. BSP has fielded Suhail
Ansari, while Raghunandan Singh Bhadauria is the BJP nominee.
According to political observers, Shabnam`s entry will
make the contest close and interesting.