Jayanthi Natarajan: 10 facts about her
Updated: Jan 30, 2015, 16:04 PM IST
- Jayanthi Natarajan comes from a family with deep roots in the Congress. She is the granddaughter of former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Bakthavatsalam.
- Jayanthi has served multiple terms as a Congress spokesperson and has been all along known as someone close to 10 Janpath.
- A lawyer by profession and a former newscaster for Doordarshan, she was noticed by Rajiv Gandhi and inducted into the party in late 1980s.
- As a lawyer, Natarajan practised in the Madras High Court and also did pro bono work for many social organisations.
- She entered the Parliament for the first time as a Rajya Sabha MP in 1986. She was re-elected to the Upper House in 1992, 1997 and in 2008.
- Natarajan quit the Congress in 1996 when Congress leader GK Moopanar founded the Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) to protest against the party's decision to align with AIADMK in state elections.
- Her first stint in the union government was as minister of state in the civil aviation and parliamentary affairs ministries in the United Front government.
- After TMC merged with Congress in 2002 following Moopanar's death, Natarajan rejoined the party and was made the spokesperson.
- She entered the union government more than a decade later as minister of state for environment and forests with independent charge.
- A veena player, she is married to VK Natarajan. The couple has a son.