Independent candidate and transgender Madhu Kinnar on 4 January 2015 won the Mayoral election in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh Municipal Corporation. Kinnar won the election by 4537 votes against Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Mahaveer Guruji.
With this, she scripted history by becoming the first transgender to get elected as mayor in the state.
Madhu Kinnar, whose original name is Naresh Chauhan, funded her electoral campaign by working as a singer and dancer on trains.
Her win follows Supreme Court’s decision, in which it ruled that transgender people could be legally recognised as a third gender.
After the SC’s decision, Tamil-language Lotus TV based in the city of Coimbatore in September 2014 recruited India’s first ever transgender news anchor, Padmini Prakash.
What: won Mayoral election
When: 4 January 2015