The Telegraph
Sunday , March 9 , 2014
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Third gender eyes LS

Ranchi, March 8: Transgenders, only 26 of whom are on the state’s electoral list, are gearing up for a big fight — the Lok Sabha polls.

The community, never officially recognised as a third gender on the electoral list till now, has decided to field its candidates in a majority of 14 parliamentary seats in Jharkhand. The decision was taken on Friday after the heads of different gaddis (sects) spoke to each other over phone.

“We fight for a dignified life every day. This is the fight for political rights,” said Anwar aka Annu Hazi (76), head of the Miyan Jamalji sect.

After preliminary talks, the community has zeroed in on certain candidates’ names. From Hazaribagh, it is considering Tarana, while Sobha can be fielded from Godda, Shilpa from Dhanbad, Kajal from Koderma and Vimal Bhardwaz from Chatra. All are unreserved seats.

Nargis, the most outspoken of them all, will join the fray from Ranchi. “I know contesting election is not child’s play, but we should have a representative in the Parliament to raise our concerns. The government ignores us. There is no welfare plan for us,” the transgender added.