Women MPs in 15th Lok Sabha: Maneka Gandhi

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Name: Maneka Gandhi

Constituency: Aonla (Uttar Pradesh)

Party: Bharatiya Janata Party

Terms in Parliament: 9th, 11-15th parliament

Age: 52

Contact Information: 14, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110 001,

Tel: (011) 23359241, 23357088, 9868180604 (M)

Having entered politics after the death of her husband, Sanjay Gandhi, Maneka Gandhi has established herself as a strong force to reckon with. Long estranged from the rest of the Gandhi family, since a public falling out with her mother in law, Indira Gandhi, she is currently a part of the BJP.An environmentalist, and animal rights leader, she was chairwoman of the Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA). She started the organisation People for Animal in 1992 and it is the largest organization for animal rights/welfare in India. Under her direction, CPCSEA members carried unannounced inspections of laboratories where animals are used for scientific research were conducted. A multi faceted leader, Maneka Gandhi is also a journalist.

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