April 01, 2022
28-year-old R Priya has become the first woman Dalit mayor of Chennai. She is from the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party. Priya is the youngest and the third woman mayor in the 340-year history of Chennai corporation. The first woman mayor was Tara Cherian, who was elected in the 1950s, and the second woman mayor was Kamakshi Jayaraman, who was elected in the 1970s. Priya hails from a family with a strong political background.