Sorry that Sushma Swaraj will leave Parliament: Shashi Tharoor

Sorry that Sushma Swaraj will leave Parliament: Shashi Tharoor

Tharoor, part of the Opposition party took to Twitter and said that he always found her a gracious EAM and was sorry about Swaraj leaving the parliament.

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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor. (File)

Expressing his admiration for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has said he was “sorry” that the veteran BJP leader will leave Parliament. His reaction came hours after Swaraj announced that she won’t be contesting next year’s Lok Sabha elections due to “health reasons”.

“For all our political differences, I am sorry that @SushmaSwaraj will leave Parliament. As chair of the jury for @Outlookindia’s social media awards, I was happy to honour her Twiplomacy. As chair of Parliment’s ExtAffsCmt, I always found her a gracious EAM,” Tharoor tweeted.

Swaraj was quick to respond to the tweet and thanked Tharoor for his kind words. She also said that she wished both the leaders continued in their respective positions. In retaliation to her tweet, the Congress MP tweeted: “Thanks Sushma Swaraj. We’ll let the voters decide that. All the best.”

Swaraj, after announcing that she won’t be contesting elections, also cleared the air that she is not retiring from politics. She represents Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha district in parliament and had announced her decision in Indore where she had gone to canvas for the Assembly elections which are currently underway.

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After Swaraj’s announcements, a number of leaders had come out in support of her on Twitter, including Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta and former finance minister P Chidambaram.