Sushma Swaraj vacates official residence; Twitterati hails former external affairs minister for 'setting example'

Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj's announcement Saturday that she would be moving out of her official residence in Delhi, a move she made within a month of the swearing-in of the new NDA government, earned her praise on social media.

Swaraj made the announcement on Twitter:

During her tenure as external affairs minister, the BJP leader was extremely active and popular on Twitter for reaching out to Indian diaspora in distress. She was also hailed by users for her witty and humorous replies.

Twitterati responded to Swaraj by thanking the veteran BJP politician for her role as foreign minister. They lauded her for setting an example for other politicians "who have to be driven out of their allotted bungalows."

Another follower said Swaraj will be missed as the "most dynamic woman politician of the country."

Actor Anupam Kher also tweeted, saying, "You are one of the most graceful & dignified leaders of modern India. A persona like you, may move out of the official residence but you will continue to reside in our hearts for years. World of politics is a better place because of leaders like you."

Swaraj opted out of the Lok Sabha elections citing her health. She was appointed external affairs minister in the first term of government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The portfolio is now held by former foreign secretary S Jaishankar.

Jaishankar said he was "proud to follow on the footsteps" of Swaraj in his first official Twitter post.

"My first tweet. Thank you all for the best wishes! Honoured to be given this responsibility. Proud to follow on the footsteps of @SushmaSwaraj ji," Jaishankar tweeted.

On 10 June, Swaraj denied reports that she was appointed governor of Andhra Pradesh after Union minister Harsh Vardhan tweeted congratulating her for it.

"The news about my appointment as governor of Andhra Pradesh is not true," Swaraj said.

 

Updated Date: Jun 29, 2019 15:52:18 IST