The Hush Post|12:30 pm|2-minute-read
Social activist, Apsara Reddy has become the first transgender woman to be appointed as the National General Secretary of All India Mahila Congress (AIMC). On Tuesday, the Congress president Rahul Gandhi appointed her.
Initially, she joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after meeting party president Amit Shah. But she quit within a month. Reddy said, “The BJP is regressive and has no place for free-thinking individuals.” Later, the former journalist joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or AIADMK party in May 2016.
Reddy said, “I will work with the Congress Mahila state unit’s across India. The aim is to work towards women’s economic empowerment, fighting against social injustices. It also aims in helping women find their human rights and help contribute to the Congress party’s manifesto with women-centric policies. I am truly excited to work with the dynamic president of the AIMC, Sushmitaji as she embodies strength, courage and a contagious determination to do the right thing for women.”
However, after making a point about the Transgender Bill, Reddy said, “The BJP government has this patronising attitude towards us. We don’t need charity, we need assistance to bridge the inequality meted out to us for far too long. They use words like rehabilitation. What the community truly needs is education and equal opportunities. Most importantly political recognition such as this by the Congress goes to show that Rahul Gandhiji looks at us as a talent-pool and a worthy skill-set rather than a fringe group which needs pity. This is a good starting point for mainstreaming.”