Finally: NCP Becomes First Political Party in India to Get an LGBT Cell, Twitter Rejoices
NCP Preeti Patil, Supriya Shule and Jayant Patil inaugurating the LGBT cell in Mumbai | Image credit: Twitter /ANI
In sone good news for the LGBTQIA community India, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday became the first political party in the country to have an active LGBT cell.
NCP Maharashtra President Jayant Patil & MP Supriya Sule formally launched the cell in Mumbai. Priya Patil has been appointed the state unit head.
"The NCP was the first to set up Yuvati (young women) cell. Now, it has set up LGBT cell to do justice to the deprived section," a party statement said quoting Patil. He also pitched for giving equal treatment to the LGBT community members.
The cell comes as a surprise to many in India, a country where politicians time and again have expressed deep homophobia and disdain for the queer community. Out of 543 MPs in India, only 151 have ever spoken about LGBTQIA issues throughout their careers.
MPs and politicians are also known to make openly homophobic and regressive comments about the queer community in India.
The move was welcomed by netizens on Twitter, many of whom called it a "progressive" move and sign of changing times.
Finally some political party recognises the rights of LGBTQ+ community, hoping for a revolution in politics specifically on this agenda! 🌈 @supriya_sule @Jayant_R_Patil @NCPspeaks https://t.co/k08eWbr4j5— rajul mishra (@mishra_rajul) October 5, 2020
Nice initiative... Every party should learn from it.. https://t.co/XlwE7aWYGt— The Nagpuri Potta ❁ (@p_syduck) October 5, 2020
This is an amazing initiative by NCP. Credit due where it's deserved. Adopting a more inclusive approach to politics is the way forward, and I hope other parties follow suit. https://t.co/BfxL1dqVs9— Kazim Rizvi । क़ाज़िम रिज़वी (@kazimriz) October 5, 2020
The cell is expected to work to ensure the community members get their rights, Priya Patil said at an event held in Mumbai to commemorate the same. Apart from Priya Patil, the cell will have 13 other office-bearers, the statement said. Patil, a Mumbai-based transgender activist, joined NCP in 2019 ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.