Wednesday, 15 May 2019
This 45-year-old auto driver has contested from Jodhpur, against Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot’s son Vaibhav and union minister Gajendra Shekhawat. The presence of the big guns in the field did not however deter him. He feels it is his fundamental right to contest an election. He got 4,000 pamphlets printed for his big fight. A resident of Maderna Colony in Jodhpur, he also urged people through Whatsapp messages to vote for him. This was his first election, he had earlier tried to fight a local body poll.
Aswathi Rajappan: This 25-year-old engineering graduate contested from Ernakulam in Kerala. A Dalit, Rajappan is one of the few transgender candidates who fought 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Rajappan, who identifies as a Dalit intersex person and uses the pronoun ‘ze’ (instead of he or she), joined politics because of the high rates of crime against transgender people and a particularly bad experience during a public consultation on the transgender bill. Rajappan wants to push for the inclusion of not only intersex people – who are born with bodies that do not fit with typical social categories of male or female – but also for the welfare of Dalits, disabled and tribespeople. He runs a local school in his village.