Transgender woman wins GP election at Karnataka’s Saligrama | Mysuru News – Times of India


Devika, who won with a margin of five votes, said she is keen to work for the welfare of people

MYSURU: A transgender candidate has won from a ward reserved for SC women in Saligrama panchayat. Devika, who contested from ward no. 7, has won with a margin of five votes. She defeated her nearest candidate Yashoda by securing 110 votes.
Devika told reporters that her priority is serving people. “People blessed me. I will work for them,” she said.
Meanwhile, villagers said they were proud about her victory. “She contested on her own. She is a resident of the local SC Colony,” said SJ Gunapal Jain, a former gram panchayat member from the village.
“Locals voted for her, especially her colony residents. It helped her achieve this feat. She didn’t identify herself with any group, team or political party,” he said.
She is the first transgender to be elected to our panchayat, said Jain, who is in politics for the last 40 years.
Meanwhile in Gohalli ward of Challahalli panchayat in Hunsur taluk, two women candidates had secured 100 votes each and one of them, Lakshmi, was elected through lottery.
The gram panchayat election results announced on Wednesday has several surprises. In Mysuru district, voting was held for 250 gram panchayats in two phases.
All counting centres in all taluks witnessed a festive look as many supporters of all candidates arrived there to follow the results.
Covid guidelines were thrown to the wind as supporters failed to maintain social distancing. Most candidates who have won are young faces.

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