Kolkata: Riya Sarkar, India’s first transgender presiding officer feels very proud of the decision taken by her to preside over a polling booth.     

“I am very proud that my decision is very right. I have struggled a lot to be here,” Sarkar said.

Sarkar had presided as the election officer at a polling booth in South Kolkata on Saturday for the fifth phase of the West Bengal assembly elections.

“I am very thankful to all election commission officers who gave me right to vote. The voters are cooperating and their response is good,” Sarkar said.

According to the 29-year-old transgender woman, “it is a big honour not only for me but for the entire transgender community”.

“I am very happy and proud on being given this task by the Election Commission,” she said.

This time around twenty-four transgenders have been picked as polling officials and Sarkar is the only government employee.

A total of 758 third-gender voters are exercising their franchise in this election in the state which has 6.5 crore voters.  

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