As Telangana gears up for assembly elections with about 3,584 candidates submitting nominations, Chandramukhi Muvvala is grabbing all the attention.
A transgender candidate, the 32-year-old Chandramukhi owns neither a house nor property. Rs 48,000 is the only savings of Chandramukhi, who is competing from Goshamahal constituency in Telangana as the candidate of the Bahujan Left Front (BLF) led by the CPM. Telangana's veteran politicians BJP Raja Singh MLA and Congress candidate Mukesh Gowda are her opponents. Chandramukhi has been an active member of BLF for the past two and a half years. Chandramukhi, who turned up at a police station on November 29, a day after she was reported missing told Manorama News in an interview given earlier that her plunge into politics was not a hasty decision. Excerpts from the interview.
“I didn't take a hasty plunge into politics one fine day, my circumstances were leading me into it.” “May be because transgenders suffers more than the women does in a society.”
The other face of political parties
Concepts like freedom and equality is a far cry for us, the transgenders. We are being ostracised more than even the women. There are no ministers or MLAs representing our community to voice our needs in any states in India till date. I am not a single Chandramukhi, rather the representative of a thousand Chandramukhis like me contesting for a cause. People of other political parties do not even talk to us. It was in this situation, CPM came forward with such an opportunity for us.
Opponents are strong
People like us have traversed through tougher circumstances than this. But I am no one to comment over the political journey of my opponents. However I will try my best to win the election.
A new history, if won
It is true that this will be a history if I win the election. This would be an answer to the ones who is blind towards the humanity in us. No matter I win or not, I will remain a social worker to serve my people. But this step from my part is a step towards a change. The final verdict is not my concern, mine is a walk towards the history.