In a first, 21-year-old college student Arya Rajendran has been elected as the Mayor of Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation. She is the youngest mayor anywhere in the country. Rajendran was elected as the ward councillor from Mudavanmugal in the recently held Kerala civic body polls. She was also the youngest candidate CPM had fielded for the local body polls in 2020. A bachelors student at the LBS College of Engineering in Thiruvananthapuram, Arya has been very active politically and is a state committee member of the Students Federation of India. She is currently also the Kerala president of Balasangham, which is the CPM's children wing.