The Congress Party has appointed transgender activist Apsara Reddy as a national general secretary of its women’s wing, the Mahila Congress, making her the 134-year-old party’s first transgender office-bearer. A former journalist, Apsara Reddy had joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam or AIADMK party in May 2016. She had moved to the pro-Sasikala camp of the AIADMK after party icon Jayalalithaa’s death later that year.
Congress is truly a party that built India and sustained us for generations with good policy and a sensitive and inclusive approach to governance. Rahul Gandhi ji’s commitment to fair representation of women, women-centric manifesto goals and dynamism are truly inspiring and I would be delighted to serve women across the country under his leadership,” she said after joining Congress Party on Tuesday.
Transgender Apsara Reddy Known for her social activism since college-days, Apsara Reddy has also taken up high-profile cases of child rape and voiced out her support for victims. Talking about her agenda as the new National General Secretary of the Women’s Unit, she said that she will work towards women’s economic empowerment, fighting against social injustices, helping women find their human rights and help contribute to the Congress party’s manifesto with women-centric policies. “I am truly excited to work with the dynamic President of the AIMC, Sushmita Ji as she embodies strength, courage and a contagious determination to do the right thing for women,” Apsara Reddy added.