21-year-old Arya Rajendran elected from Thiruvananthapuram, became India’s youngest mayor
Recently concluded local bodies election witnessed India’s youngest ever candidate to run for mayor in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram. Prior to her, 26-year-old Mekala Kavya who became the mayor of Telangana’s Jawaharnagar Municipal Corporation, was the youngest to hold this post in India.
India’s youngest mayor, Arya Rajendran elected from Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram is a second-year student pursuing B. Sc Mathematics.
CPM candidate Arya won from Mudavanmugal ward defeating Sreekala, a UDF candidate by 2872 votes and was elected as the capital city Thiruvananthapuram’s mayor on Friday. “I have faced the election with confidence and courage. I am ready to shoulder any responsibility entrusted with me by my party. My dream is to take forward politics and my studies together,” The Mint quoted Arya Rajendran as saying.
Arya has been active in student’s politics through the SFI. Arya’s father Rajendran is a CPI (M) activist and an electrician by profession and her mother Sreelatha is an LIC agent. Upon his nomination which resulted in a victory she said that she was happy and excited to assume the new opportunity. “I am a person who grew up listening to my father saying that it is not individual, but the party which is supreme. I will continue as an obedient party comrade,” added Arya Rajendran.
Her predecessors had a compelling task to control the waste management of the city which she too has taken upon her shoulders. She said, “Our city is beautiful. To keep it like this, it should be free of waste. Besides a scientific waste management system, a thorough awareness is needed among people not to dump waste on the waysides.”
She is also committed towards establishing a health centre in her ward and is also primarily concerned about reducing stress-issues among children. Arya comes from a staunch Marxist family and she is as committed towards her studies as she is towards politics.