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Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa
Indian trans candidate campaigns for pensions, ration cards and voter ID for her community

in INDIA, 13/05/2013

A second transgender candidate has joined the campaign for the Karnataka state legislative assembly election on 5 May. Chandni, 35, registered nomination papers to stand in the Narasimharaja constituency.

'Former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had promised to provide pension for the community. But it hasn’t materialized till date,' said Chandni, Deccan Herald reports.

As well as pensions, Chandni is campaigning for ration cards, ID numbers to receive state benefits (Aadhaar) and voter ID cards for the transgender (hijra) community, who are often rejected by their families so lack that support system.

Chandni said there were around 10,000 hijras in the district who are hoping that she can improve their standing in society. She said she wants to give employment opportunities to hijras so they can leave their traditional lives of begging behind.

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