Nationalist Congress Party of Maharashtra becomes the first-ever Political Party in India, to introduce a separate LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender) Cell.
Sharad Pawar-led NCP had the formation of this cell, on their electoral manifesto. Maharashtra State minister and state Party chief Jayant Patil announced the formation of the cell in a function in Mumbai.
The party appointed, Priya Patil as its state unit head.
NCP Member, Supriya Sule on the special occasion said, “We felt the LGBT community needs equal rights, so we made a separate cell for them. The purpose of this cell is to solve the problems of the gay community.”
Party’s Chief Jayant Patil also said, “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,”
Cell-head, Priya Patil said “the cell will work to ensure the community members get their rights.” Apart from Priya Patil, the cell will have 13 other office-bearers.
Party’s Chief said, “The LGBT community faces a number of problems including education and health. As promised in our election manifesto, we will continue our efforts to bring them into the mainstream. This is the first step in fulfilling our promise.”