The 8th Chief Minister of West Bengal, who was the first woman to hold the office. She was previously the Minister of Railways who first joined Parliament in 1991.
She was General Scretary of the Mahila Congress from 1976 to 1980.
She was featured in Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2012.
Her father died when she was 9 years old.
She and Jyoti Basu have both served as Chief Minister of West Bengal.