() (born 7 June 1954) is an Indian lawyer and politician. She is a member of the Indian National Congress
and has been thrice elected Member of Parliament representing the state of Tamil Nadu
in the Rajya Sabha
. She is the Indian Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests from July 2011..
Jayanthi Natarajan was born in a Mudaliar
family in Tamil Nadu. Her grandfather was M. Bakthavatsalam
, a prominent Congress politician and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
between 1963 and 1967. Jayanthi studied law and became a practising advocate in Madras. Apart from her commercial practice she also did pro bono work for a number of social organizations including the All India Women's Conference, and the legal aid board.
New reshuffle stands Jayanthi Natarajan to Environmment Minister.
Her political career began when she was noticed by Rajiv Gandhi
in the 1980s. She was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1986 and re-elected in 1992.
Tamil Maanila Congress
During the 90's Jayanthi Natarajan and other leaders from Tamil Nadu who were unhappy with Narasimha Rao
decided to break away from the party. They founded the Tamil Maanila Congress
under G K Moopanar
. Jayanthi Natarajan resigned from the Rajya Sabha and was re-elected in 1997 as a TMC member.
The TMC was allied with the......