Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation is the largest city corporation in Kerala state of India by area and population. The city corporation is spread over 214.5 km2 with 100 wards and a population of around 9,60,000 inhabitants. It includes the Legislative Assembly constituencies of Thiruvananthapuram, Vattiyoorkavu, Nemom, Kazhakkoottam and 5 wards of the Kovalam constituency.
The city corporation is ruled by the council of 100 elected members, headed by the Mayor and one Deputy Mayor. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor are elected among the councilors and by the councilors. Mayor chairs the Council meetings, and is responsible for the overall supervision and of the administrative functions of the Municipal Corporation.
Arya Rajendran of Communist Party of India (Marxist), a 21 years old under-graduation student, has been elected the youngest Mayor of the country and that too in one of the oldest and major city corporation of the country. According to sources, P K Raju of Communist Party of India (CPI) is going to be the Deputy Mayor of the corporation but yet to be officially declared by the Left Democratic Front (LDF) comprised of the CPI (M), CPI and few more regional left-democratic forces.
LDF have won with a whopping majority in 53 seats this time in the corporation and increased their seats by 10 from the last 2015 election. BJP won 35 seats and UDF led by the Indian National Congress won 10 seats this time out of those 100 seats mentioned above. The two Communist Parties, who are the major constituents of the LDF in Kerala will hold both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor position and will head the corporation for next five years.