R Priya to Become Chennai’s First Dalit & Youngest Female Mayor

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R Priya, a resident Thiru Vi Ka Nagar in North Chennai, was elected to the Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies from Ward No. 74.

R Priya to Become Chennai's First Dalit & Youngest Female Mayor
R Priya to Become Chennai’s First Dalit & Youngest Female Mayor

R Priya, 28, has been nominated as the mayoral candidate by the DMK party for Chennai Corporation on Thursday. The DMK holds the majority of the Chennai Corporation, as a result, Priya will be sworn in as mayor in the coming days.

She will also be the city’s first Dalit mayor and the city’s youngest female mayor. She is also the third woman to hold this post in Chennai’s history, following Tara Cherian and Kamakshi Jayaraman.

She is the granddaughter of former DMK MLA Chengai Sivam, and she comes from a political family. According to the News Minute, her father, R Rajan, is the DMK’s local co-secretary. The soon-to-be mayor of Chennai holds a Master’s degree in business administration.


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Priya, a resident Thiru Vi Ka Nagar in North Chennai, was elected to the Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies from Ward No. 74.

The DMK secured a majority in all 21 municipal corporations, including the Greater Chennai Corporation, and won the majority of 138 municipalities and 490 nagar panchayat elections.

In corporations, the DMK won 952 wards in corporations, 2,360 seats in municipalities, and 4,389 in nagar panchayats. Surprisingly, it also includes former AIADMK chief ministers K Palaniswami (Edappadi, Salem district) and O Panneerselvam’s domestic local bodies (Periyakulam, Theni district).


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