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Maneka Gandhi

The wife of late Congress leader Sanjay Gandhi and a daughter-in-law of former prime minister Indira Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi at present is the Union minister for women and child development in the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre. Also an environmentalist and an animal rights activist, she is a seven-time MP. She was also in the council of ministers during the previous National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee as the first Animal Welfare Minister of the country.
In 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Maneka Gandhi had won from the Pilibhit constituency by a margin of over 300,000 votes. She joined active politics after the death of her husband, Sanjay Gandhi, and floated her own political outfit in March 1983. However, she lost the 1984 Lok Sabha elections from Amethi and lost to former Prime Minister and her brother-in-law Rajiv Gandhi.
Though Maneka Gandhi was part of the NDA government under Vajpayee, she joined the BJP officially only in 2004.
In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, however, Maneka Gandhi has swapped her seat with son Varun Gandhi, who will now be contesting from Pilibhit. She will contest from the Sultanpur seat in Uttar Pradesh.


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