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The 'other' Gandhi makes a comeback in new India Cabinet

Published on May 27, 2014 12:14 AM
 
Indian politician and activist Maneka Gandhi attends a promotional event for the forthcoming Hindi film, It's Entertainment! in Mumbai on May 19, 2014. Mrs Gandhi returned to political power on Monday when she was sworn in as a member of India's new right-wing government. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP  

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Maneka Gandhi, an estranged member of the famed Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, returned to political power on Monday when she was sworn in as a member of India's new right-wing government.

Gandhi, who took the oath with the rest of the 46-member Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cabinet, is famously known as the "other daughter-in-law" who lost out in the fight for the Nehru-Gandhi political throne.

The 57-year-old, expected to be women's development minister in a second stint in a Hindu nationalist BJP cabinet, is one of the two daughters-in-law of late Congress premier Indira Gandhi.

The Nehru-Gandhis are associated with the left-wing and secular Congress party, which has dominated Indian politics since independence but was routed in the elections that brought the BJP back to power.

 
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