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Won't Contest Elections Due To Health Reasons, Says Sushma Swaraj
Sushma Swaraj said it is the party that decides, but she has made up her mind not to contest the Lok Sabha elections 2019
Won't Contest Elections Due To Health Reasons, Says Sushma Swaraj (file image)
New Delhi: One of the senior most leaders of the ruling BJP, Sushma Swaraj has declared that she will not contest the 2019 national election. The External Affairs minister, shared the decision with reporters in Madhya Pradesh, where elections will be held later this month. Reports say she cited health reasons.
Ms Swaraj said in Indore, "It is the party which decides, but I have made up my mind not to contest the next elections." She said she had informed her party.
Ms Swaraj is the Lok Sabha MP from Vidisha, around 56 km from state capital Bhopal. Recently, posters had been seen in the town questioning their parliamentarian's prolonged absence. It was when the media questioned her about the posters that she reportedly announced her decision.
Bhartiya Janata Party sources said the party may bring her back into parliament through the Rajya Sabha. Ms Swaraj is known for her oratorical skills and sharp repartee in the house.
According to the sources in her family, Ms Swaraj needed to avoid infections and was taking precautions. Sources said that, "She has contested 11 elections, there is no political reason behind the decision."
The veteran leader was forced to be away from her official engagements for months in 2016 because of a diabetes condition. She had a kidney transplant.
In November 2016, the Twitter-savvy minister posted the news herself. "I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a Kidney transplant. Lord Krishna will bless."