Priya Rajan takes oath as Greater Chennai Corporation Mayor

The Greater Chennai Corporation got its youngest and first-ever Dalit woman mayor, as DMK’s R Priya took the oath of office in Chennai. The 29-year-old is Chennai’s third woman Mayor.

DMK nominated Priya Rajan, a 28-year-old MCom graduate who won from ward 74 in Thiru.Vi.Ka. Nagar zone, as their candidate for the mayor’s post in Chennai Corporation.

The post is considered very significant in the history of Tamil Nadu politics. Chief Minister M K Stalin and Health Minister Ma Subramanian had held the position in the past.

The state government had earlier passed orders under the Tamil Nadu town panchayats, municipalities, corporations (Delimitation of wards or Divisions and Reservations) Rules, 1996, to reserve the mayor’s post in Chennai and Tambaram Corporation for women from the Scheduled Caste community.