Jajpur, March 13, (LocalWire): Kajal Nayak, a transgender, is all set to contest polls as a candidate of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from Korei assembly seat in Jajpur district.
“If I am elected, I will fight for the rights of the transgender community. I am sure, people will vote for me in my constituency,” the 25-year-old said.
Kajal will create history by becoming the first transgender lawmaker in the state if she wins.
“One of my aims is to open a training center for transgenders,” she said.
Kajal, who wears sari and a large red bindi on her forehead, has already started campaigning, even as leaders of other political parties were seen running pillar to post to get tickets.
She also runs a tailoring shop, employing 10 people, including three transgenders, at Byasanagar town in Korei.
“We have been doing social works here for a long time. We provide financial and legal help to poor people, as well as rape victims. We also planted 10,000 tree saplings, said the BSP candidate, who is also president of transgenders’ district association.
“Kajal has organizational skills. She led a group of villagers to gherao a police station three months ago, when they were reluctant to arrest a rape accused, said Sagarika Das of Korei.
Though there’re around 30,000 transgenders in the state, most of them are deprived of social and cultural participation. They have limited education and livelihood opportunities.
“All political parties should give tickets to transgenders. I am grateful that BSP gave me a ticket. The passage of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018 in Lok Sabha is a progressive step towards extending help to this highly marginalized community,” added Kajal.
She also demanded seat reservations for transgenders in panchayats, assemblies and parliament.