Sushma Swaraj with nine Lok Sabha wins under her belt, who is the second woman to be Foreign Minister after Indira Gandhi, announced today that she will not compete in the upcoming election.
Sushma Swaraj who has been uncharacteristically subdued during the Modi government’s term wanted to opt out.
Apparently, the resolution was taken due to health reasons. She became a solid resolve after she was savaged by right-wing trolls in June for punishing an official who allegedly humiliated an inter-faith couple when they applied for passports.
She did not speak in favor for her junior minister, MJ Akbar, as one woman after another came out to accuse him of sexual harassment and/or assault which led to his resignation last month.
Her resignation created an intriguing situation for Advani, who at 91, wants very much to run again for parliament like Murli Manohar Joshi, who is 84.
Swaraj shared her decision to retire from active politics with mentor LK Advani after confiding in her husband, Swaraj Kaushal, who is a lawyer, and daughter Bansuri.
The second-generation leaders while handling important ministries during the Vajpayee government and openly bumped for power.
Modi, who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Swaraj was the only one of the second-generation leaders who openly displayed reservations against the growing party sentiment of Modi as the presumptive Prime Minister.
A BJP Minister stated,
“Modi-ji does not like Lok Sabha leaders. They are too independent. He likes to be able to mold his ministers.”