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It's eunuch vs 'asli hijrey' in Ayodhya

india Updated: Feb 02, 2012 01:09 IST

Gunning for a sixth consecutive win from the Ayodhya assembly seat, the Bharatiya Janata Party's Lallu Singh has been unnerved by a third presence, besides the Samajwadi Party candidate.

He has complained to the Election Commission against Gulshan Bindu, the only eunuch so far in the fray for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls. Singh's grouse: Bindu is violating the code of conduct by making people vow to vote for her.

In many parts of India, not fulfilling a pledge to a kinnar or hijra (eunuch) is considered inauspicious. On the flip side, blessings from eunuchs are considered auspicious.

Bindu, an independent candidate, termed Singh's charge "rubbish". The 45-year-old said she was only asking people to bless her to serve them.

Her presence has added a dash of vibrancy to a contest so far perceived one-sided following Singh's victory run, which began in 1991 on the back of the 'Ram wave' in this temple town.

She expounds her politics to voters, asking them, "Do you know your Ram Nagri is sitting on heaps of garbage all around? Is it the mistake of your politicians? No. It is your fault. You elect such ineffective people."

She delivers with punchlines too. "Asli hijrey toh wo neta hain jo waada kar ke bhool jaatey hain (actual eunuchs are those politicians who promise but do not deliver)," is the one that always connects. Bindu does not forget to remind voters that Lord Ram had blessed eunuchs.

Her straight talk has takers. "Lallu Singh has represented us for more than two decades, but Ayodhya has been deteriorating," said VR Pathak.

For Bindu, who claims she meets nearly 25,000 people every day in her campaign, the poll slogan is - "Nar to dekha, naari ko dekha, ab kinnar ko dekho (you have tried men and women. Try eunuch now)."