‘I want transgenders to step forward and contest elections’ 

Pandurang Mhaske
Friday, 5 April 2019

“I am not contesting elections because I want to enjoy power. My sole intention is to make lives of poor people better and I can fulfill my goal easily if I get elected. If I get elected, I can propose some policies to offer life to the poor  including the transgenders,” said Sneha. 

Mumbai: Sneha Kale, Mumbai’s lone transgender candidate contesting the Lok Sabha elections from North Central Mumbai constituency, has big dreams and wants to provide better living conditions and earning opportunities to the downtrodden. But above all, she wants to boost the morale of transgenders.

Sneha Nivrutti Kale, a resident of Ghatkopar and native of Pune’s Ghodegaon, said even after 73 years of independence, the transgender community has been neglected by all sections of society. “Transgenders are not considered as human beings. Even the educated class has a negative outlook towards us. Doctors, police and many more who we have to interact frequently never take us seriously,” said Sneha.
 
“I am not contesting elections because I want to enjoy power. My sole intention is to make lives of poor people better and I can fulfill my goal easily if I get elected. If I get elected, I can propose some policies to offer life to the poor  including the transgenders,” said Sneha. 

“Nowadays, there is lot of awareness about transgenders’ plight. Many from our community have joined government services and made a mark in other professions also. But we do not have proper representation in politics. I want to change the scenario and also aim to encourage my community members to step forward and contest the elections,” said Sneha.
 
Sneha is a commerce graduate and stays with her friends. “My agenda is to provide justice to the poor section of society,” she said.

“We are also human beings, but there is no sensitivity towards our community. Many transgenders have been sexually abused but they are not coming forward as neither the police nor the society is ready to trust them,” she said. 

When asked about political parties giving representation to transgenders by appointing them as office-bearers, she said, “This is a good sign as the society and the political parties are starting to accept us as a part of society,” she added.

She says she will work for development of all sections of the society and not only for transgenders if she comes to power. Sneha claims that she studied up to B.Com from Somaiya College, Ghatkopar. She spent her childhood in Bhandup with her parents.

Sneha’s contest will be against Congress candidate Priya Dutt and BJP MP Poonam Mahajan. Sneha is contesting from Durbal Ghatak Aghadi. She said that she will contest the election by crowd funding and has appealed to the people to donate money.

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