External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today announced that she will not contest 2019 Lok Sabha elections, due to health reasons. She said that she had already informed the party about her decision.
“It is the party which decides, but I have made up my mind not to contest next elections,” said Swaraj in Indore. She is currently the Lok Sabha from Vidisha in Mandhya Pradeh.
In December 2016, Swaraj successfully underwent a kidney transplant at AIIMS in the national capital. In the past, Swaraj has held the position as Delhi’s Chief Minister from October 13 to December 3, 1998.
She has also been Informationl and Broadcasting Minister in the Centre in Vajpayee cabinet. She was among young leaders picked up by Vajpayee and Advani, during formative days of BJP. She was made as spokesperson and General Secretary of the BJP and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.
She became the second woman to hold the office of foreign minister after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. At the age of 25, she became the youngest cabinet member in the Haryana government. She also had a short stint as the chief minister of Delhi from October 13 to December 3, 1998. She was also the leader of Opposition in the 15th Lok Sabha when the Congress-led UPA was in power.