How Sushma Swaraj reacted to her being seen as a contender for presidential election

Though neither the government nor the opposition has declared their candidate for the poll to elect the country's first citizen, several names, including Sushma Swaraj's, have been doing the rounds.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:June 17, 2017 4:59 pm
Sushma Swaraj, Ministry of External Affairs, Islamic State, Mosul “These are rumours. I am an external affairs minister and you are asking me something which is an internal matter,” she said when asked by reporters whether she was being considered as a candidate in the presidential poll. (AP Photo)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today dismissed reports that she was a contender in the presidential poll as “rumours”. Though neither the government nor the opposition has declared their candidate for the poll to elect the country’s first citizen, several names, including Swaraj’s, have been doing the rounds.

“These are rumours. I am an external affairs minister and you are asking me something which is an internal matter,” she said when asked by reporters whether she was being considered as a candidate in the presidential poll.

The presidential poll is scheduled to be held on July 17 while the counting of votes would be held on July 20.

As per the schedule, June 28 is the last day for nominations, while a candidate can withdraw from the electoral battle till July 1.

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    ashwani
    Jun 17, 2017 at 10:52 pm
    My humble request to Bjp.....make Arun jaitely president ....can't bear him finance minister...
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      rocky
      Jun 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm
      Ms Swaraj is a very capable person with oodles of empathy and an illustrious political career. She deserves every bit of this new assignment if she wants it. However classically much earlier choices used to be non political citizens of letters and repute. That is ok too if a suitable person of Dr Radhakrishnan's caliber found.
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        Sandeep Sharan
        Jun 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm
        I think BJP will field Najma Heptullah as They will like to project women and from minority and triple Talaq is hot which will have confidence on Muslim women about their intention to resolve She is good administrator and most experienced to handle this position and provide dignity to our country
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          Jaijawan Jaikisan
          Jun 17, 2017 at 8:53 pm
          Pranab mukherjee became president due to his bad performance as finance minister. He was forcibly made president during introspective taxing moves. Sushma swaraj currently does not influence indian economy or politics so unlikely to be presidential candidate.
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            Sadashiv Phadke
            Jun 17, 2017 at 8:21 pm
            Most efficient and reliable best luck
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              Ramesh Athavale
              Jun 17, 2017 at 8:11 pm
              Sushma's reply is witty but incorrect.She very much works as a Minister, internal or external, at the pleasure of the President.
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                Suri
                Jun 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm
                Ms. Sushma Swaraj, had undergone a major renal surgery recently and may not be able to take the strain required of the high office. She is doing an excellent job as EA Minister.
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                  Vilasvmujumdar
                  Jun 17, 2017 at 6:35 pm
                  She is a deserving candidate. Best luck to her.
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