Sushma Swaraj's Exit as Foreign Minister Leaves Netizens Teary-EyedTop Stories

May 31, 2019 18:21
Sushma Swaraj's Exit as Foreign Minister Leaves Netizens Teary-Eyed

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A day after it became evident that Sushma Swaraj will not be serving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new government, hundreds of people wished and thanked once External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter.

The 67-year-old leaves a legacy of an easily-accessible Foreign Minister who helped the Indians abroad in distress with her quick response on Twitter to requests for help. Even banal or joking requests drew a response from Sushma Swaraj.

Swaraj was seated in the audience as PM Modi and 57 ministers were sworn in at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday evening.

Taking to Twitter over an hour after the swearing-in ceremony ended, Swaraj prayed that the new government, in its second term, functions with glory.

"Prime Minister ji - as External Affairs Minister, you have given me opportunity in the last five years to serve the countrymen and Indians abroad and accorded me a lot of respect at personal level. I am grateful to you. I pray to God that our government functions gloriously," she said in a tweet in Hindi.

Jammu and Kashmir politician Omar Abdullah tweeted, "It's a pity to not see people like @arunjaitley & @SushmaSwaraj among the ministers today. I wish them both well as they deal with the health issues that have kept them out of union cabinet."

Priyanka Chaturvedi, who switched from the Congress to the Shiv Sena, a Bharatiya Janata Party ally, shared a warm note: "The country will miss you in the cabinet. You brought in emotions and values to a ministry which always seemed so clinical!" Chaturvedi tweeted.

Here are some of the reactions

By Sowmya Sangam

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