Jayanthi, Chandresh Katoch among NCW chief probables

April 7th, 2011 - 8:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Sonia Gandhi New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan and Lok Sabha member Chandresh Kumari Katoch are among the candidates being considered for the post of chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) that falls vacant Friday, Congress sources said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi will take a decision soon and forward it to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the sources added Thursday. The tenure of current NCW chief Girija Vyas ends Friday as she completes the second term, totalling six years.

Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan, who is also a Rajya Sabha member, appears to be the front runner though the names of Katoch, Lok Sabha member from Jodhpur, and Vijaylaxmi Sadho, a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, are also being considered, the sources said.

Natarajan, 56, a lawyer-turned-politician, was elected to the Rajya Sabha for the first time in 1986. Her bio-data on the parliament website describes one of her special interests as “legal aid and women’s rights with special reference to law”.

An articulate spokesperson of the Congress for several years, Natarajan was among the party leaders at the site in Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu when former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide attack by an LTTE bomber in May 1991.

Sixty-six-year-old Katoch is a former president of the All India Mahila Congress. Born in the erstwhile royal family of Jodhpur, she became a legislator, deputy minister and cabinet minister in Himachal Pradesh after she was married to Aditya Katoch and settled in the hilly state.

She shifted her political base to her ancestral home-town when she contested from Jodhpur in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls.

Vijaylaxmi Sadho has been a legislator and minister in Madhya Pradesh. Sadho, 55, is a qualified medical doctor. A social worker, Sadho is unmarried.

“The Congress president will consider the candidatures of all these leaders who are eminently qualified. She may consider other names too. A decision is likely soon,” a Congress leader told IANS on condition of anonymity.

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