Chandramukhi Muvvala, the only transperson to contest Telengana state polls

In the upcoming Telangana elections, Chandramukhi Muvvala, a transgender activist will contest on Goshamahal constituency as part of the Bahujan Left Front led by CPI(M) and Dalit organisations like Mahajana Socialist Party, Bahujan Rajyam Party and Dalit Praja Front.

For Chandramukhi, who raised voice against atrocities on her community on several occasions in the past, it has been a dream to participate in electoral politics and seek people’s mandate. After being asked and forced to quit several high-profile jobs, she found solace in fighting for a cause — of fighting for her neglected community.

“We are not adopted by the government. The political parties promise several welfare programmes to uplift us but after they win the elections, all the proposals go into the dustbin,” an angry Chandramukhi told New Indian Express. What the community needs, and is looking for, is representation at the policy-making and constitutional level. The sole objective of Chandramukhi is to sit across the same table as other lawmakers and represent the community while bringing about proactive changes.

“Why hasn’t the big three – Congress, TRS, and TDP – failed to give a ticket to a trans person?” Chandramukhi queried. She observed that her inclusion in BLF is a “slap for all political parties which has thrown out the community.” Chandramukhi will take on BJP heavyweight T Raja Singh in Goshamahal Assembly. After being asked and forced to quit several high-profile jobs, she found her calling in working for her community.

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