Party to field 50 eunuchs, transgender for CM post

A political party has now decided to field 50 candidates from this marginalised and stigmatised community.

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2011, 16:52 PM IST

There is nothing new in transgenders
fighting elections these days but in a first, a political
party has now decided to field 50 candidates from this
marginalised and stigmatised community in the upcoming
assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.

Not only this, the little-known Rashtriya Viklang Party
(RVP) has projected a eunuch as the chief ministerial
candidate.

"The party has decided to field at least 50 eunuchs
from different assembly seats and five names have already been
announced," party`s national general secretary and UP incharge
Virendra Kumar said.

He said that national president of Kinnar Morcha Shobha
Bua has been named candidate for Dhaulana assembly seat in
Ghaziabad.

"Shobha Bua will also be chief ministerial candidate
of the party," he added.

Kumar said that the first eunuch MLA of the country
Shabnam Mausi, who won election from Suhagpur seat in Madhya
Pradesh in 2000, would be party candidate from Kanpur cantt
seat.

"People have lost faith in the political parties and
they are looking for good candidates. Though eunuchs are a
marginalised section of the society, but their honesty and
ability cannot be ignored and the party will move with issue,"
he said.

The state in charge claimed that their initiative was
attracting support not only from various organisations of
eunuchs and people working with them, but also from the
masses.

He said that the situation has changed after victory
of their candidate Kamla Bua as mayor of Sagar in MP in 2009
and entry of Shabnam Mausi in UP and it would reflect in UP
polls as well.

"People are fed up with corruption and are ready to
vote by rising above the gender difference," he said.
"In our election manifesto, various issues related to
eunuchs, including reservation in accordance with population,
pension to eunuchs above 40 years like Delhi Municipal
Corporation, right to live like a common citizen and their
rehabilitation will be included," Kumar said.

He said that while leaders of other political parties
have their own interests, it was not the case with the
eunuchs.

"They neither have children, nor families, therefore
they have no reason to indulge in corruption," he said.

On being asked about problem in seeking support for
eunuchs during polls, he dismissed any such apprehensions,
saying that "reality would come out during elections".

PTI