Home / Elections / Delhi chooses its first trans-person member from AAP: 5 things to know

The Delhi Municipal election (MCD elections) results vote counting is underway, however, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has crossed the 126 majority mark to unseat Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)'s 15 year dominance. 

The AAP won 134 out of 250 seats for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, closely followed by BJP winning 104 seats, and Congress lagged far behind by winning only 9 seats. The State Election Commission numbers also showed that Independents had won 3 seats. 

Meanwhile, Sultanpur's Bobi Kinnar, famously known as Bobi Darling, won the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) seat from Sultanpuri becoming the first trans-person member of the national capital's municipal corporation. 

Bobi defeated Congress candidate Varuna Dhaka by a margin of 6,714 votes.

Notably, AAP has for the first time fielded a transperson and that candidate has won in the municipal corporation elections held on 4 December 2022.

After being chosen to represent the party, Bobi had said they want to beautify their constituency and improve the lives of their neighbours. Bobi had also said that they would work to weed out corruption from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. 

"Aaj meri khushi ka thikana hai nahin... (My happiness knows no bounds today). This is a celebration of the victory of change and people are becoming more accepting of people like me," Bobi told news agency PTI.

"The mentality is changing. I would say the mentality of 70 per cent of people has changed, I will change during my tenure as councillor," Bobi said.

"Society is changing and people from our community are being accepted. I have faced a lot of difficulties and hardships but now things are changing for the better," Bobi added.

Here are five things to know about Bobi Kinnar

-Bobi has been contested in the MCD elections held in 2017. They had fought as an independent candidate. 

 -Bobi is know for their extensive social work in Sultanpuri, Delhi. Bobi is also the president of the Delhi unit of the Hindu Yuva Samaj Ekta Awam Anti-Terrorism Committee.

-The 38 year old was born in Delhi and has said in an interview with Indian Express about the ostracisation that they faced because of their gender identity. Bobi is a vocal supporter of LGBT rights

-Bobi was only 15 when her family handed her over to a ‘guruji’ from the transgender community under societal pressure. Bobi had to had to drop out of school when she was in Class 9 because of bullying and harassment

-Bobi is known to have helped underprivileged children with their educational expenses. She has also worked to uplift people with disabilities and women.

-Bobi was part of the Anna movement and knew Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal from that time







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