Banker, AAP leader Meera Sanyal loses cancer battle, dies at 57

Mumbai, Jan 11 : (The Hindu) : Aam Adami Party (AAP) leader Meera Sanyal succumbed to a prolonged battle with cancer on Friday. She was 57 and was survived by her husband and two children.

A former banker, she entered politics in 2009 when she contested the Lok Sabha polls as an independent from Mumbai south constituency.

In the wake of the India Against Corruption movement that erupted across the country in 2011-12, Sanyal joined it and later became a part of AAP, formed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejariwal.

She contested the 2014 LS election as an AAP candidate from Mumbai south where she won more than 40000 votes and finished fourth. She was part of AAP's Economic Policy Wing.

"Extremely sad to hear this. No words to explain," tweeted Kejariwal reacting to the news her death.

"She was a great source of energy and her inputs helped the party across the country as well as in Maharashtra," said Ruben Mascarenhan, National Joint Secretary, AAP.