Arya Rajendran, a 21-year-old BSc student, is slated to be the youngest mayor of Thiruvananthapuram. The local district committee of CPM picked her up for the post. The party’s state committee would have to ratify the decision.
Arya defeated Congress’s Sreekala by about 2,800 votes in the Mudavamugal ward of the Kerala capital in the recent local body polls. The BJP had tried to gain control of the Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation so that the party’s own mayor could receive Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he comes visiting.
Before the elections, LDF had named OG Oleena who contested in Kunnkuzhi ward and S Pushpalatha from Nedungad ward as the party’s possible mayoral candidate.
Arya is a state committee member of the Students’ Federation of India, the students’ wing of the CPM, and the state president of the party’s children’s organization, Balasangham.
Arya belongs to a family of CPM supporters, with both her parents and elder brother being active party members. Her father, Rajendran, is an electrician, while mother Sreelatha is an insurance agent. Elder brother Aravind works in Abu Dhabi after graduating in engineering.
Arya is a second year BSc student at All Saints College in Thiruvananthapuram and is determined to continue her studies.