She is the Minister of State (independent charge) for the Ministry of Environment and Forests. She was sworn in yesterday, July 12.
She is a resident of Warren Road, Mylapore. She is the first woman minister of the Congress from Tamil Nadu.
Jayanthi is the grand daughter of last Congress Chief Minister M. Bakthavatsalam (1963 – 67) and the daughter of Rukmini and Dr. C. R. Sundararajan. Rukmini was the second daughter of Bakthavatsalam. Jayanthi is married to V. K. Natarajan and has a son.
Jayanthi joined the Congress party in 1980 and was first elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1986. She was re-elected in 1992.
She was a Minister of State in the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Parliamentary Affairs between June 1997 and March 1998.
She was the Congress spokesperson and a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the 2G-spectrum scam.
She resides at 8, Warren Road, Mylapore. Ph: 2499 2440.
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