Meera Sanyal walks the talk: Contests elections

From banking to politics -- Meera Sanyal [Images] is the latest power-woman to put her hat in the election ring.

In what may be the first instance of a woman-banker joining politics, Sanyal, who is the country head of ABN Amro, has decided to take a sabbatical from the bank and contest the Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai South constituency -- an area where she grew up.

The Insead-educated banker isn't joining any party, and will be an Independent candidate. While deciding against accepting campaign contributions to avoid any potential conflict of interest, Sanyal will stay away from media advertisements and posters.

She, of course, knows her constituency well. For, the 47-year-old banker was a student of the Convent of Jesus & Mary and Cathedral School and went to Sydenham College. Even now, her office is at Nariman Point, while she lives at Malabar Hill.

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