Meenakshi Natarajan: Husband, Family and Politics
When Digvijay Singh passed a highly irresponsible sexist remark for Meenakshi Natarajan, everyone was taken aback. First, Digvijay Singh is not known for making slip of tongue. All of his controversial statements have been well calculated and in line with the overall political strategy of the Congress. Second, Meenakshi Natarajan is not as such a glamorous lady. She looks quite down-to-earth and quite simple. Digvijay Singh uttered ‘Tunch Maal Hai’ in her own constituency Mandsaur.
Meenakshi Natarajan Political Career
Meenakshi Natarajan is not from Tamil Nadu as many people believe. Actually, she is from Ujjain, MP. Her birth place is known for being an area of influence for RSS. Yet, she decided to join Congress and threw her weight behind the party during her post graduation. She was supported by none other than Digvijay Singh.
She was the President of NSUI, the youth wing of Congress Party from 1999 to 2002. Digvijay Singh made her the President of Madhya Pradesh Youth Congress in 2002. The party lost the MP Assembly Election in 2003, but she remained the president till 2005. Soon she become a close confidant of Rahul Gandhi. He ensured that she got a Lok Sabha ticket from Mandsaur in 2009. Actually, very few veteran congressmen were interested in fighting election from Mandsaur which was considered as a safe seat for the BJP. Congress had last won Mandsaur in 1967 General Election. Lakshmi Pandey was the MP from Mandsaur since 1971, first from Jan Sangh, then Janta Party and at last with the BJP since 1984. However, Meenakshi Natarajan surprised many by winning the seat comfortably. It was a rude shock for many Congress stalwarts from MP. It is said that young voters of Mandsaur were behind her success. However, she couldn't face the Modi Wave in 2014 and badly lost the 2014 General Election.
She is endowed with amazing oratorical skills which coupled with her prudent organization expertise make her in line with BJP’s firebrand Uma Bharati and Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan in MP. She is also considered to be quite close to Mukul Wasnik. In fact, it was Mukul Wasnik and Digvijay Singh which led her into the interior circle of Rahul Gandhi.
It should be noticed that Sonia Gandhi had personally canvassed for her in 2009 Lok Sabha election.
Rahul Gandhi had proposed her name for AICC Secretary in 2008 which was accepted.
Meenakshi Natarajan Family Background
Meenakshi Natarajan belonged to a very modest and humble family. There is no high profile political figure in her family. It is nothing short of surprising that how she rose so prominently without getting any personal political support. She says that her elevation is a reply to BJP people about their claim of dynasty rule in the Congress party. There is little information available about the husband of Meenakshi Natarajan in the public domain.