Kinnar Akhara head to test poll waters in Allahabad

  • | Wednesday | 27th March, 2019

Despite being denied recognition by the Akhara Parishad — comprising 13 main akharas — it was the first time when Kinnar Akhara seers arrived with Juna Akhara saints for a holy dip at Sangam.“The love of the people of Allahabad was so immense that I decided to test the poll waters... Banners and posters with slogans like ‘Prayagraj ki yahi pukar, Laxmi Narayan Tripathi bane sansad abki baar’ can be seen at various places. Asked about her ambition of becoming an MP, she had said, “Mai Acharya Mahamadaleshwar hun, Prime Minister bhi aayega to pair chuyega…President bhi aayega to pair chu ke jayega (I’m Acharya Mahamandeleshwar. I could contest as an independent if I am not convinced that a political party would focus on the issues of transgenders,” said Tripathi.Tripathi had given a clear hint about her political ambition, when TOI spoke to her during Kumbh last month. ALLAHABAD: At a time when different political parties are preparing to flex their muscles against each other, head of the Kinnar Akhara Acharya Mahamandeleshwar Laxmi Narayan Tripathi has decided to contest the ensuing Lok Sabha elections from the Allahabad seat.However, she has yet not opened her cards as to from which party she would contest the elections, but maintained that she would go with the one which works for the welfare of the transgender community.Tripathi’s Kinnar Akhara had hogged the limelight at the just-concluded Kumbh Mela, where scores of devotees made a beeline to seek blessings from the seers.

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