<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From the land of Goddess Sita, a transgender will take on the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in Ayodhya. To checkmate and embarrass the BJP after its Treta Yuga Diwali celebrations, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has fielded a transgender Gulshan Bindu as it mayoral candidate from the temple town.Bindu (51) was born in Sitamarhi in Bihar, the birth-place of Goddess Sita. A Brahmin by caste, her family had left Bihar to settle in Delhi. Bindu stayed in capital and then moved to Ayodhya on the direction of her Guru.”Since I belonged to Sitamarhi, birth-place of Sita Mata, it was like going to my ‘sasural’. I have been a social worker for very long and serving people of Ayodhya was absolutely a bliss,” she said after getting ticket to contest for SP.Ayodhya Nagar Palika was carved by merging the Faizabad nagar panchayat with it by the Yogi Adityanath government after assuming power in Uttar Pradesh.Bindu has a small house at Gulab Bari in Ayodhya and she came into politics as an independent and bagged 21,000 votes. She had given run for money to the BJP candidate during last local body polls when she lost to the BJP candidate Vijay Gupta only with a margin of 350 votes.”Ayodhya is like my family. I have no money to contest polls. My family will campaign and vote for me. I will show the BJP what development is all about if I won,” said Bindu, who is still recuperating from a brain tumour operation.The Samajwadi Party move has caught the BJP in a bind. It is already facing a tough time to select the candidate from Ayodhya after half a dozen party stalwarts are vying to get ticket for their nominees. The Bajrang Dal Founder President and BJP Rajya Sabha member Binay Katiyar is not happy the way he is being ignored in selection process.The BJP MP from Ayodhya-Faizabad Lallu Singh is also pulling in different direction so are local MLAs. It is going to be a tough task for the BJP to keep all local factions together in deciding the crucial Ayodhya mayoral poll candidate. Till results are declared on December 1, the Samajwadi Party transgender candidate will continue to give sleepless nights to BJP in Uttar Pradesh.
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