21-yr-old Arya Rajendran elected as Thiruvananthapuram Mayor

Arya, a B.Sc Maths second-year student at the All Saints College, had joined the children wing of Left Party at the age of six

Arya Rajendran, a 21-year-old CPI(M) leader, became the youngest mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation, the largest urban body in Kerala.

Daughter of CPI(M) activist K Rajendran, an electrician by profession, and Sreelatha, a LIC agent, Arya is a B.Sc Maths second-year student at the All Saints College.

The election of the 21-year-old was a foregone conclusion as the CPM-led LDF had 51 members in the 100-member council. The BJP, which had campaigned extensively this time in the hope of capturing power in the corporation, stood second with 34 members and the Congress-led UDF in third place with 10 members. Five members were Independents.

A state committee member of the Students Federation of India (SFI), she is also the state president of Balasangam, the children's wing of the Left party, which she had joined at the age of six.

The party chose Rajendran as she’s been with the CPM since class five when she took membership in the Balasangham and her family has been supporters of the CPI(M) for many decades.

As a Mayor, her top priority would be waste management in the capital city, which has been a daunting challenge for her predecessors as well.

Rajendran’s first formal function as the mayor of Thiruvananthapuram is scheduled at a programme organized by Balasangham, the children’s outfit of the CPI(M) of which she is the state president.

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