Big Win For India’s First Transgender Mayor, Madhu Kinnar

Big Win For India's First Transgender Mayor, Madhu Kinnar

Independent candidate Madhu Kinnar has beaten the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Mahaveer Guruji by 4357 votes on 4 January to become mayor of Raigarh, which lies west of the India-Bangladesh border. The win also makes Kinnar India’s first transgender mayor.

Kinnar, 35, funded her electoral campaign by working as a singer and dancer on Howrah-Mumbai trains in 2014.

“People have shown faith in me. I consider this win as love and blessings of people for me. I’ll put in my best efforts to accomplish their dreams,” Kinnar said in an interview.

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