UCA News portal and some social media profile posts stated that the newly elected Mayor of Chennai Municipal Corporation belongs to the Christian religion. The DMK Government in Tamil Nadu had reserved the Mayor post of Chennai for a woman belonging to the Scheduled Caste. Accordingly, R Priya of the DMK was recently sworn in as the Mayor of Chennai.
Mayor R Priya had contested in the recently concluded urban local body elections in Tamil Nadu and emerged as the winner from the Mangalapuram ward. After her appointment, a news portal named UCA News stated that a Dalit Christian woman became the youngest Mayor of Chennai.
After this revelation, the question has been raised on her real practising religion. Another Christian man on his Facebook had posted, "Let us thank God for placing a Christian in power." He also mentioned in his post that she is a member of the Otteri Evangelical Christians of India (ECI) Church in Tamil Nadu.
Is Mayor R Priya a crypto Christian?
The UCA News stated that she is a Dalit Christian. If this is true, then she has already converted to Christianity unofficially. However, in Tamil Nadu, a number of Dalits have been converted to Christianity by Christian missionaries. In the same news, it has been reported that according to the national census figures for 2021, Dalits make up 25 per cent of India's approximately 1.3 billion people. It is said that nearly 70 per cent of Indian Christians come from Dalit castes.