The CPI(M) in Kerala has chosen 21-year-old Arya Rajendran as its mayoral candidate for Thiruvananthapuram after the party's district committee and state committee sanctioned her candidature. Still a college student, Arya is now set to be the youngest person in India to ever take charge of the mayor of a city.
Here's everything you need to know about Arya Rajendran, India's youngest mayor to-be:
She is a first-time councillor from Mudavanmugal division of Thiruvananthapuram corporation.
Arya Rajendran is a BSc Mathematics student and is the party's Chala area committee member.
She will be the youngest Mayor of the country, and with this the party leadership is expecting to have more educated women into the leadership role.
'Decision of the party'
Arya Rajendran, while speaking to the media persons, said, "It's the decision of the party and I abide by it. During the elections, people preferred me as I am a student and the public wanted their representative to be well educated. I will continue my education and will discharge my duties as a Mayor."
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 CPI(M) had projected former chairperson of the Health standing Committee Pushpalatha, Teachers union leader A.G. Olena and Jameela Sreedharan as their Mayor candidates. While Pushplatha and Olena lost in the elections, the party preferred 21-year-old Arya Rajendran over Jameela Sreedharan, who is a retired government employee.
The name of 23-year-old first-time councillor from Vanchiyoor division, Gayatri Babu had also come up during the discussion, but Arya was given the green signal as she is the state president of the "Balasangam", the party's children's wing and also the CPI(M) area committee member.
(With inputs from IANS)