Power of Women in Tamil Nadu rural local body elections

Now the state can confidently believe voice of wonem would be heard much higher, yes a transwoman, students and elderly women were among the successful candidates who fought the 27 and 30 December polls to rural civic bodies in Tamil Nadu. 

Riya, a 30-year old transwoman of the DMK was declared elected union councillor in Namakkal district's Tiruchengode Panchayat Union. She is the first transwoman to win a local body election in Tamil Nadu on the ticket of a recognised political party, according to local officials.

Preethi Mohan, a 22-year old second year postgraduate student won as union councillor from Salem District's Ayothiapattinam Panchayat Union. Sandyarani Jayasarathi, a 21-year old woman and a student was elected village panchayat president of KN Thotti in Krishnagiri district.

Several from humble background were successful, including Saraswathi, a former sanitary worker was elected as a village panchayat president from Virudhunagar district. Also, in districts including Ramanathapuram a number of elderly women -of age ranging between 70-80- were elected to civic posts and these were allocated to women.