Thiruvanthapuram Mayor Arya Rajendran CPI(M), who took over the role as one of the youngest leaders in the state has once again gone viral on social media for her reply to BJP councillor Karamana Ajith for remarks against her.
The BJP councillor in question had made a Facebook post commenting on her age and had called her a 'LKG child from AKG centre'. But during a meeting on Thursday, the 22-year-old mayor hit back at Karamana Ajith after receiving similar remarks.
Ms. Arya Rajendran of Thiruvananthapuram (CPI(M) is the youngest Mayor in India. The BJP the main opposition in the Council has been running a personal vilification campaign against the young Mayor taunting her age and gender.Hear her response in the council the other day. pic.twitter.com/gxwHxcmPoi— Thomas Isaac (@drthomasisaac) June 18, 2021
She called out her detractors and said that if she had become the Mayor at her age then she knew how to work accordingly.
Let me tell you something. Since the past six months, there have been many criticisms that you raised. Not only you, anyone in this council can say anything here that is justifiable. Many times all of you have criticised me personally, and otherwise, on my age, maturity... But now, I am forced to tell you this. Today also, some members here passed such remarks. Let me tell you clearly if I have become a Mayor at this age, I know exactly how to work accordingly and I can tell you with pride that I grew up through such a system.
Twitter has also been quite vocal about this.
The 22 year old mayor of Trivandrum Ms. Arya Rajendran of the [CPI(M)] is accused of being two things - young and a woman. This is her taking on the older (and of course experienced) men of the BJP. https://t.co/kD2U5Yzel1— Jonathan (@jonathankoshyv) June 19, 2021
It pains me to know that my state does not quite have egalitarian values. When a young woman became the first woman commercial pilot of the state, we applauded her. It was refreshing. But why can't we treat a young mayor the same way? Why can't we treat all genders equally? https://t.co/64DnzHEHGB— Sreejith Mullappilli (@Mullappilli) June 18, 2021
The video has now gone viral with people all over the country applauding her young Mayor for her statement.