The Indian National Congress on Tuesday appointed transgender activist Apsara Reddy as a general secretary of its women’s wing, making her the first transgender office-bearer at the national level.

Apsara Reddy has been appointed as the national general secretary of Mahila Congress, the women wing of the 133-year-old party.

Congress tweeted a photo Reddy along with Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

Welcoming Reddy to the Mahila Congress, the AIMC president said the activist’s dynamic personality will be an asset for the party’s women’s wing.

Speaking to ANI, Reddy said, “All my life, transgender women have been told that you’ll never be able to make it in your life. To be welcomed into one of India’s largest & oldest national parties is hugely emotional for me.”

“I thank Rahul Gandhi ji for accepting her as a member of the INC India family,” she added.

“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,” Reddy said.

A journalist by profession, Reddy was earlier associated with the AIADMK and BJP before she joined the Congress.

Reddy has a degree in broadcast journalism with specialisation in investigative journalism.

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