Eunuchs lend colour to election
The enunchs set out in the morning for door-to-door canvassing with their band of musicians and singers. For a change, it's not money that they want, but votes.india Updated: Nov 26, 2003 15:34 IST
In an election where campaigns have been rather lacklusture, it's the three eunuch candidates in the fray who are drawing in crowds with their unsual style of campaigning.
The electioneering is simple, with not much fanfare and glamour. The enunchs set out in the morning for door-to-door canvassing with their band of musicians and singers. For a change, it's not money that they want, but votes. They promise to bring in change, something they claim both the BJP and Congress haven't been able to do.
Asha, who had earlier decided to contest against BJP president Madan Lal Khurana from Moti Nagar, is contesting from Patel Nagar. "It is easier to get votes on one's homeground," explains her supporter Amba. Asha has collected money from her fellow enunchs to run her campaign. "We all have pooled money to run her campaign and buy poll material," Amba says.
For Goja, a eunuch contesting from Mehrauli, her main election plank is she is different from both the Congress and the BJP. "She is telling people that leaders of both the parties have failed people by not performing well. If she wins, she will be devoted to social causes as she does not have a family to maintain," said a Congress leader. And, people are listening to her.
Anita, a matriculate, is faring well in the posh Sakata constituency. She has been able to catch the attention of her voters with her command on politics.