Meet Arya Rajendran, India's youngest Mayor
Arya Rajendran, a 21-year-old student, will be the new mayor of Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram. She is India's youngest mayor.
The decision to appoint Arya, the ward councillor from Mudavanmugal, was taken by the Communist Party of India-Marxist district secreatriat.
Arya, a BSc Maths student from the All Saints College, has been very active politically. She was the state president of Balasangam -- a children's organisation affiliated to the CPI-M, besides also being a state committee member of the Students Federation of India.
Arya told Asianet News that she would gladly take up the mission entrusted to her by the party and hopes that learning and political work could go hand in hand.
The CPM reckons that by appointing a young woman leader as Mayor, it will get the same youth support as it did when VK Prashant was elected mayor earlier.