The Indian National Congress appointed transgender rights activist Apsara Reddy as the national general secretary of the women wing of Congress. She is the first ever transgender person to get a seat of such high stature. INC president made her appointment in All India Mahila Congress in New Delhi yesterday. Congress NP Sushmita Dev welcomed Apsara Reddy by Tweeting, “Her dynamic personality will be an asset for us.”
Once a member of both parties, Apsara had been very critical of two parties in the past- Bhartiya Janta Party and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). As both the parties are of conservationist nature, Apsara had very vocally critique about their general policies.
According to a report by news agency PTI, Apsara talked to the media after her appointment. She said, “I will meet with a cross-section of women to address issues pertaining to their rights.” “I will work with the Congress’ Mahila state unit’s across India 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,” she added.
Reddy has a BA degree in Journalism from Monash University and an MA in Broadcasting with a special focus on Developmental Economics from the City University in London. She was the Overseas Students Service's President at Monash University.