Arya Rajendran, the 21 years old student is announced as the next Mayor of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram after successfully contesting the recent civic polls in Kerala. Ms Rajendran, a second-year student of BSc Maths at the All-Saints College has made a record by getting a seat of new Mayor of Thiruvanathapuram Corporation and is the youngest Mayor of the state till yet.
Ms Rajendran won Mudavanmughal ward of the city corporation by capturing 2,872 votes that are more than 549 more than rival Congress candidate. Thiruvanthapuram Mayor K Sreekumar (CPI-M) was defeated in the polls by this youngest Mayor.
LDF won 53 of the 100 seats in Thiruvananthapuram Corporation and the NDA was second in the race. Congress-led UDF again stayed at third position. It was Ms Rajendran’s first time to use her vote in the local body elections as per her age.
Ms Rajendran told NDTV, “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 actively involved with the party during election campaigns in the past”.
Ms Rajendran (Daughter of CPI(M) activists K Rajendran and Sreelatha) has been allied with the party since a very small age. She told me that “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. Her father is an electrician and mother a LIC agent. She also has a brother. All her family members were a strong supporter of CPI (M).
Arya further talked about her studies, “My family fully supported me and are extremely happy. I will not stop my studies. I will continue it. I also want to pursue my higher studies in Public Administration”.
Being one of the youngest Mayor at such a young age, Mr Rajendran said that democracy is not just leading and taking decisions alone but collectively decisions are taken and implemented. The party has steered in a new era with this modified approach and allowing young candidates to enter in this field along with young women candidates.
She added, “Growing with the party, we have been repeatedly exposed to challenges and crisis management. One of the leading examples is our Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and the way he communicated with people and leaders during various disasters”.
She shared her plans and told waste management as her top priority in the capital city that was considered as one of the most challenging tasks by her predecessors also.
Ms Rajendran told to a news agency, “Our city is beautiful. To keep it like this, it should be free of waste. Besides a scientific waste management system, a thorough awareness is needed among people not to dump waste on the waysides”.