Priya set to become Chennai’s youngest, first Dalit Mayor

Chennai is set to have its youngest and first woman Dalit Mayor. The ruling DMK, which swept the urban local body elections, on Thursday, announced R Priya as its Mayoral candidate. The 28-year-old first time councillor, elected from ward 74 in Thiru Vi Ka Nagar zone will take her oath as Chennai’s 49th Mayor on Friday as DMK has majority at the council.

Soon after the DMK headquarters announced her name, she expressed gratitude towards the party leadership and said that her priority is to ensure that civic issues are dealt with at the earliest, especially road repair. “Apart from the roads, my aim is to ensure cleanliness across the city. As I come from north Chennai, I know the importance of cleanliness,” she said. She added that she will also take all the advise from Chief Minister MK Stalin.