Arya Rajendran, the 21-year-old student who successfully contested the recent civic polls in Kerala, has been elected as next Mayor of state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
Ms Rajendran, a BSc Maths second year student at the All Saints college, has been elected as the new Mayor of Thiruvanathapuram Corporation, making her the youngest Mayor in the state.
Ms Rajendran had won from the Mudavanmughal ward of the city corporation, bagging 2,872 votes, 549 more than the rival Congress candidate. Thiruvananthapuram Mayor K Sreekumar (CPI-M), had suffered a shock defeat in the polls.
LDF won majority of 53 of the 100 seats in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation, followed by NDA. Congress led UDF was again pushed to a third here.
Incidently, this was also the first time Ms Rajendran could exercise her vote in the local body elections due to her age.
“Even though I was not entitled to vote in the last local body elections, but I still was actively campaigning for the party candidate. That experience and exposure helped me this time as well. I have been activelyinvolved with the party during election campaignin the past,” Ms Rajendran told NDTV.
Daughter of CPI(M) activists K Rajendran and Sreelatha, Ms Rajendran has been associated with the party from a very young age. “From the time I remember my childhood, I was going to Balasangham. May be from around the age of 5. I am now the State President for Balasangham. I am also the Students Federation of India state committee member. My parents are branch committee members of CPI(M). And we firmly believe in what the party stands for”, Arya Rajendran said. Balasangham is the children’s wing of CPI(M) and Students Federation of India and is the party’s students wing.