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India elects first trans mayor

Independent candidate is both transgender and an 'untouchable'

India elects first trans mayor

An independent candidate yesterday (4 January) became the first transgender mayor of an Indian city after winning election in Raigarh.

Madhu Kinnar, 35, beat the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate by 4,537 votes in Chhattisgarh state’s sixth largest city.

‘People voted for me as promises made by BJP and Congress [parties] were never fulfilled. My victory is a reflection of peoples’ love and blessings,’ she told the Times of India after her surprise victory.

‘I got overwhelming support from people during the campaign.’

Kinnar, who is from the ‘untouchable’ Dalit caste, dropped out of school after eighth grade and used to sing and dance on trains for money.

She said cleanliness and the construction of drains were her priorities.

‘The poor stood by me, but I will have to take care of all in Raigarh. I will restore ration cards of poor, which were canceled,’ she said.


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