The CPI (M) has chosen 21-year-old Arya Rajendran as its mayor candidate after the party’s district committee and state committee sanctioned her candidature.
She is a first-time councilor 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.
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 third place with 10 councilors.
There are four independent councilors 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 a 23-year-old first-time councilor 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.
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.”