Not just your vote, but also Re 1, please – Veena, a transsexual woman contesting Bangalore City Elections

Not just your vote, but also Re 1, please (The New Indian Express)

Y Maheswara Reddy

First Published : 13 Mar 2010 07:05:59 AM IST

BANGALORE: If all goes well, Veena S will be the first transgender in Karnataka to contest an election. Veena is all set to contest the election to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) from Okalipuram ward (SC Woman Reserved).

Veena wanted to file her nomination papers on Friday but could not do so due to the delay in getting the caste certificate from tahsildar. “He has tried to avoid giving the certificate to me on one or the other pretext. Finally, he gave it to me when activists of Praja Rajakeeya Vedike gathered at the tahsildar’s Office,’’ says Veena.

Veena says that nowadays people get into politics with a business- like approach. “Spending money in an election for them is like investing money.” She feels that upon getting elected, they try to maximise their return on investment through corruption.

“Their negligence towards welfare of people made me to contest the election,’’ she says.

As for overcoming her financial constraints, she says her familiarity in the area and her involvement with various social organisations will come to her rescue. “I will visit each and every house not only to seek votes but also to beg Re 1 from each voter,” she says. “I have to depend on donations since I have no money.” She says that win or loss in the election notwithstanding, she will work sincerely for the welfare of people in Okalipuram.

She says she will ensure that BBMP implements the schemes for the welfare of sexual minorities.

“BBMP officials did not utilise Rs 50 lakh allotted in the last budget for welfare of sexual minorities and sex workers. If I get elected, I want to utilise the funds given for them,” she added

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