Two members of the transgender community in Kerala have decided to join the local body poll fray and challenge the incumbents in Ernakulam and Kannur. On November 16, Monday, Sherin Antony and Sneha K filed their nominations.
“Only a transgender can understand the problems faced by other members of the community. Hence, I decided to contest. People here are also fed up with the lackadaisical attitude of people’s representatives. They need change, something that a person living in the area can bring,” said Sherin, the state president of CPM-backed Democratic Transgenders Federation of Kerala, who will be contesting from division 26 of Kochi Corporation.
“We are facing many problems, from waterlogging to civic and development-related issues. I plan to assess them and act accordingly,” Sherin added.
According to Sneha K, a resident of Samajvadhi Colony at Thottada who is contesting from Kizhunna (division 36) of Kannur Corporation, mainstream political parties have not been able to successfully solve people’s problems, The New Indian Express reported.
“It is time our community stepped in. “Making promises is not going to solve anything. The need is to study the problems people are facing and address them,” Sneha said.
Sneha’s friend Sanidha claimed that the colony has around 145 families with around 700 votes, and all of them have pledged support to Sneha.
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