On Tuesday, Swaraj Kaushal, Husband of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, thanked Sushma Swaraj for her decision not to contest election. Minister announced early on Tuesday that she has made up her mind not to contest next election due to health reasons.
Swaraj Kaushal wrote on twitter, “Madam (Sushma Swaraj) – Thank you very much for your decision not to contest any more elections. I remember there came a time when even Milkha Singh stopped running”.
He said, “This marathon has been on since 1977 – that is 41 years. You have contested 11 direct elections. In fact you contested all elections held since 1977 except twice when party did not allow you to contest in 1991 and 2004”.
Kaushal added, “I am also running behind you for the last 47 years. I am no longer a 19 years old. Please – I am also running out of breath. Thank you”.
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Early on Tuesday minister announced that she has made up her mind not to contest election due to her health. She announced, “It is the party which decides, but I have made up my mind not to contest the next (Lok Sabha) elections”.
She said, “Doctors have advised me that I should avoid exposure to dust. Because of this, I am unable to take part even in election rallies”.
Minister said, “Due to health reasons, I cannot participate in outdoor public programmes…. I have also told my party leadership, that in view of health reasons, I have to avoid such exposure”.
Sushma Swaraj was the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi and the first woman External Afairs Minister of India, though Indira Gandhi managed the portfolio for some time.