DMK’s R Priya to make history as Chennai’s first SC woman mayor

DMK’S R Priya is set to make history as the Chennai Corporation’s youngest woman mayor, and the first woman mayor from an SC community.

Published: 04th March 2022 05:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2022 03:30 PM   |  A+A-

R Priya (Photo | P Jawahar, EPS)

R Priya (Photo | P Jawahar, EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: DMK’S R Priya is set to make history as the Chennai Corporation’s youngest woman mayor, and the first woman mayor from an SC community. The 28-year-old, who contested from ward 74 in Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, has been among the frontrunners for the post since last week. With the official announcement from the party on Thursday, once elected, she will become the third woman mayor of the corporation after Tara Cherian (1957-58) and Kamakshi Jayaraman (1971-72).

Priya is the daughter of ‘Perambur’ R Rajan, a ward-level DMK functionary in Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, who has been in the party for over 30 years. Former DMK MLA ‘Chengai’ Sivam is Priya’s uncle.

“She was officially inducted into the party at the age of 20 but she has seen me and her uncle work right from when she was a child. She knows and understands the issues of the people well,” her father Rajan told TNIE.

For Priya, finding solutions to the city’s waterlogging problem is among the priorities on her list after she takes charge. Born and brought up in Chennai, Priya completed her MCom in Sri Kanyaka Parameswari Arts College for Women.

Tambaram mayor candidate sets her eyes on water woes

Meanwhile, while DMK’s Mahesh Kumar who contested from ward 169 has been named the deputy mayor candidate. In Tambaram, DMK’s Vasantha Kumari K, a 26-year-old Chemical Engineering graduate who is also from an SC community, will take charge as the corporation’s first mayor once elected. She lists the betterment of roads and drinking water facilities among her top priorities.

“Although Tambaram is a corporation, it does not have amenities to the extent that Chennai does. Areas like Anakaputhur are water-starved,” she said. Asked what challenges she foresees, Vasantha Kumari said, “This is my first experience as a mayor, and even as a councillor. I was received well by the people when I campaigned, but I’m yet to see how they’ll receive me as a mayor.”

G Udayakumar is set to become the mayor of Avadi and Mahalakshmi Yuvaraj, the mayor of Kancheepuram. Mahalakshmi (37) completed her MBA and had worked in the IT sector.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

  • Deena Dayalan

    It is nice to see well educated people
    6 months ago reply
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp