Chennai, April 17, 2019:
At a time when all eyes in the nation are glued to the political heavyweights, a true underdog story truly touches the heart. The story of M Radha, the first transgender candidate in the fray for the Lok Sabha elections from Tamil Nadu, is the classic tale of an underdog.
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The pioneer, who is contesting from Chennai South Constituency faces an uphill battle as it is the only constituency in the Tamil Nadu capital that will see a direct contest between arch-rivals, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, and the Opposition DMK, the two strongest political forces in the Southern Indian State.
Despite having a Master’s Degree in English literature, she did not proclaim it in her affidavit. The reason for this? “Because I am transgender nobody is giving me a job.”
Radha is a home cook by profession, but she is also a crusader for transgender rights and a social worker who raises awareness about HIV.
Radha plans to meet over 12,000 people in the run-up to the election on 18 April. It may be mentioned that Radha’s symbol is the computer mouse.
Despite facing a Herculean test for the Lok Sabha seat, she is not short of confidence. “I think I can do better than the current politicians”, she says, in an interview.
The country will head to the polls for the second phase of voting in less than 24-hours. Ninety-five Constituencies are up for grabs in Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Chhattisgarh, and Union Territory Puducherry.