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One Rajya Sabha seat from Odisha is lying vacant after Bishnu Charan Das resigned from the Upper House in March. Photo: PTI
One Rajya Sabha seat from Odisha is lying vacant after Bishnu Charan Das resigned from the Upper House in March. Photo: PTI

Transgender purchases nomination form for Rajya Sabha election

Meghna Sahoo, who is an MBA by qualification, purchased the nomination form for the Rajya Sabha election from the Odisha assembly secretariat

Bhubaneswar: A member of the transgender community on Thursday purchased the nomination form for the Rajya Sabha election from the Odisha assembly secretariat to contest the polls to the Upper House of Parliament.

Meghna Sahoo, who belongs to the transgender community, incidentally become the first person to purchase the nomination form required for the Rajya Sabha election. Accompanied by fellow transgenders, Sahoo (30) went on a procession to purchase nomination papers. Sahoo, who is an MBA by qualification, said, “I will seek support of all parties including the ruling BJD. Today I met some leaders of BJP and Congress. Tomorrow I will try to meet chief minister."

Sahoo said she wanted to be the candidate for the Rajya Sabha by-poll to raise the transgender issues in Parliament. One Rajya Sabha seat from Odisha is lying vacant after Bishnu Charan Das resigned from the Upper House in March. Odisha chief minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik had announced that former minister P.K. Deb would be the BJD candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls.

Keeping in view the BJD’s strength in the assembly, Deb’s election appears almost certain. The BJD has 117 MLAs in the House of 147 members. While opposition Congress has 16 MLAs, the number of BJP legislators is just 10.

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