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From Banker To Politico: RBS’ Meera Sanyal To Contest From Mumbai

23 March, 2009

Probably being a politician is a better idea, than being a banker in these times. The Indian chief of ABN Amro Bank (Royal Bank of Scotland took over ABN’s assets globally including India) will contest in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Mumbai.

ABN Amro Bank NA Executive Vice President and country head Meera Sanyal will be contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the Mumbai South constituency. Sanyal grew up in this constituency, and also currently lives here. She has taken a leave from the bank till May 15 to prepare and contest the elections.

Unlike many other high profile contestants in the Lok Sabha elections, Sanyal has not joined any party and will instead contest as an independent candidate. Milind Deora of the Congress and Mohan Rawle of the Shiv Sena will be pitted against Meera Sanyal.

According to Sanyal, last year’s 26/11 Mumbai attacks disturbed her and compelled her to join politics and work for the betterment of the society. If she wins, she plans to quit her job and work full time for the society. To avoid any potential conflict of interests, she will fight the elections with her own money. She has also decided against accepting campaign contributions and will stay away from media advertisement and posters. Her website is expected to be launched in the next 48 hours.

She would focus on the city’s infrastructure, particularly public transport and stronger security setup. She will also aim at  improving the standard of living of slum dwellers and including them in the city’s overall development.

Madan Menon, managing director and country head, in charge of wholesale, corporate and investment banking, is likely to act as the interim CEO and look after Sanyal’s portfolio in her absence till May 15.

The Bank will announce the interim management arrangement early next week. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which operates in India under the ABN Amro branck is selling its retail and SME banking units in India and 7 other Asian countries.


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20 Comments
SHANKAR S . 6 years ago

Dear Meera,

You are the mother of two children. You must be running a beautiful family. You had an opportunity to move with some great people in the corporate world and of course, you would have come across some corporate politics too.

I really admire you, why because, in spite of all the above important roles you play, you have an eye on alleviating poverty and on the AIDS awareness.

Success or failure in the forthcoming Lok Sabha Elections, be bold as ever, and be helpful to your children and others in your life.

MY BEST WISHES TO YOU,

S Shankar

rafees . 6 years ago

Excellent no words to appreciate her. we want people like meera to lead the country. go ahead meera.. all the best.

hari krishna maram . 6 years ago

Dear Meera,

Great move,ALL THE BEST.

ashish . 6 years ago

hope to see you managing the country’s finances!!

pradeep . 6 years ago

We need more people with this quality who wish to take politics for a social cuase and not money making.Meera please go ahead and do your best.

Saroj Mehta . 6 years ago

When we are all in despair your resolve comes as a shining light at the end of a dark tunnel. I wish you all the evry best and thank you for bringing hope to all of us in this city. Your resolve to contest these elections will change the face of Indian politics forever. I hope the other candidates have the grace to withdraw and let you win unopposed.

Dhanpat Kothari . 6 years ago

Respected madam,

best of Luck for your new political world . Keep it up. You are doing right thing .Let us proove here that you can be good in politics also.

Dhanpat Kothari

ajay jain . 6 years ago

I wonder how many of the people who have posted such flattering messages work for RBS. My guess is all of them.

This is the reason that banks like RBS get to where they have got.

Mandeep Sandhu . 6 years ago

Respected Madam,

I wish you best of luck for your move in Politics for social cause.We need people like you who can really take this country to the next level.

Charanjit Singh Ghumman . 6 years ago

Dear Meera Sanyal

I watched the T.V. Programme with Barkha Dutt.

Can I have your E-Mail address to suggest some really useful suggestions on on the subject ?

I am an Advocate, Fellow Company Secretary besides being an ex-I.A.S. Officer.

I wish you had started littele earlier.

In any case detailed suggestions can be given in the E-Mail.

Of course I will vote for a good professional any day over the professional politician.

Wishing you well and all the success in this endeavour.

C.S.Ghumman

Abhishek . 6 years ago

@Ajay: Do you mean to say it is unnatural for people to appreciate an educated accomplished person entering politics? Maybe you are resigned to the fact that only chargesheeters and divisive politicians should contest and win elections.

To rephrase your last sentence:

Maybe this is the reason that India has gotten to where it is right now.

Abhishek . 6 years ago

@Ajay: Do you mean to say it is unnatural for people to appreciate an educated accomplished person entering politics? Maybe you are resigned to the fact that only chargesheeters and divisive politicians should contest and win elections.

To rephrase your last sentence:

Maybe this is the reason that India has gotten to where it is right now.

Jayendra Thyagarajan . 6 years ago

I wonder how many of the people who comment on politics in India, vote on D-Day. Do you suppose that a candidate with Meera’s background will win if the upper/middle class doesn’t vote? I have my reservations.

Jayendra Thyagarajan . 6 years ago

Pardon my upfront demeanor, but where is all this support for Meera Sanyal coming from? I don’t know her political agenda; there is no campaigning I see either. Is her background as a banker, a leader of a private entity, reason enough to assume her competence as a politician? If you want to convince critics (and I am sure she will see more critics, than the support she sees on this website), she needs to sell herself harder…much harder. Having said all that I wish her the very best in her endeavors.

UTPALVYAS . 6 years ago

A AM FROM KOLKATA, I HAVE BEEN NEWS ABOUT YOU, YOU A GUTSY LADY WHO HAS STOOD FOR PRICNICIPLES, ETHICS AND RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE OF MUMBAI AND INDIA.

PLEASE DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED WHAT POLITCIANS SAY AND DO PLEASE GO AHEAD AND FIGHT THE ELECTIONS AND DO YOUR DUTY FOR THE NATION.

WE ARE WITH YOU IN YOUR STRUGGLE AND TO AGAIN FREE INDIA. WISH YOU ACHIEVE WHAT YOU HAVE STOOD FOR .ALL THE VERY BEST ,

REGARDS

UTPAL VYAS

Anoop Bhatnagar . 6 years ago

Hi Meera,

I wish you Best of Luck for the forth coming Elections and wish that You should come up with flying colours. You really had picked a good cause and I personally feel that people like you should come into politics. I am from Delhi but still feel free to contact if I could be any help to you. With kind regards

Anoop

Suresh Kumar . 6 years ago

Dear Meera ji, I was impressed by your determination and clearheadedness about your politial objective you showed in the NDTV talk show We The People 29 March. I am one of those who will unhesitatingly say WE NEED YOU IN PARLIAMENT.I extend you my moral support and best wishes for success in the coming General Elections

kuntikanamata kumar www.kumar.kuntikanamata.com . 6 years ago

It is really good to see people like Meera sanyal taking the initiative.Every one should support good cause

RAMAN GURTHULA . 6 years ago

Dear madam. best of luck. if u need any help from my side iam ready. in ur lokhsabha area telugu voters are there. i belive that good people most required in present politics.

RAMAN GURTHULA . 6 years ago

Dear madam. best of luck. if u need any help from my side iam ready. in ur lokhsabha area telugu voters are there. i belive that good people most required in present politics.

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