FIRst Dalit woman to take charge as Mayor of Chennai
28-year-old Priya as its Mayor candidate for the Chennai Corporation. DMK enjoys a majority in the Chennai corporation. So, Priya will be formally elected as the Mayor soon. She will also be the first Dalit and the youngest woman to hold the Mayor’s post in Chennai. She will be the first Dalit mayor of Chennai Corporation after the state government in January 2022 passed an order reserving the Chennai Corporation Mayor’s post to Dalit women. She is a post graduate in commerce from Sri Kanyaka Parameshwari Arts and Science College for Women in Georgetown, Chennai. She is the third woman from Chennai after Tara Cherian and Kamakshi Jayaraman. Priya has been elected from Ward 74, Mangalapuram from North Chennai, making her the first Mayor from North Chennai. The North Chennai region lacks basic facilities including drinking water, electricity, connectivity and sanitation.