Kerala: 21-year-old Arya Rajendran set to become India’s youngest Mayor

Thiruvananthapuram: 21-year-old woman, Arya Rajendran, is all set to become the Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. She will be India’s youngest Mayor.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI (M)) district secretariat in a meeting held on Friday decided to make her the Mayor.

She won as CPI(M) councillor from Mudavanmukal ward and is an office-bearer of Students Federation of India (SFI).

Student of BSc

As per The Hindustan Times report, Arya who is the daughter of an electrician K Rajendran and LIC agent Sreelatha Rajendran is a Bachelor of Science student at Thiruvananthapuram’s All Saints College.

The mayor-designate told that she will continue her studies along with her public service.

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She added that apart from development, her main focus will be on resolving women’s issue.

Local body polls

The party has won 51 seats in the 100-member council in the recently concluded local body elections. The BJP with 35 seats is the main opposition. The Congress-led UDF was relegated to the third place with 10 councillors. There are four independent councillors in the corporation.

The CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF), Congress-led, United Democratic Front (UDF), and BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) were in the fray for local body polls in Kerala.

The local body polls were held in three phases in Kerala. 78.64 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the third and the final phase of the local body polls. The second phase recorded 76.38 per cent voter turnout and in the first phase, it was 72.67 per cent.

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In Kerala, 50 percent of local body seats are reserved for women. During every alternative terms, women head the civic bodies.

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