Sushma Swaraj rubbishes rumours of appointment as Andhra Governor after Harsh Vardhan tweets congratulations

Senior BJP leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has rubbished all the rumours related to her appointment as the new Andhra Pradesh Governor. As external affairs minister in the previous government, Swaraj was known for prompt response on Twitter in addressing grievances of the overseas Indians. “The news about my appointment as Governor of Andhra Pradesh is not true,” she tweeted.

Her comments came after a tweet by Union minister Harsh Vardhan congratulating her on the “appointment” as new Andhra governor triggered speculation. A Home Ministry spokesperson also denied the reports about Swaraj being appointed as the Governor. The Home Ministry is the nodal authority for affairs related to Governors and Lieutenant Governors of states and Union territories.

“I called on the Vice President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu ji on demitting office as Minister of External affairs. This was enough for Twitter to appoint me as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh,” she added.

Dr Harsh Vardhan had tweeted, “Congratulations to senior BJP leader & former External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj ji on being appointed as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh.” Harsh Vardhan deleted his tweet later.

A recipient of the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award, Sushma Swaraj has been the youngest cabinet minister in the Haryana government and also becoming the first woman Delhi chief minister.

A law graduate who practised in Supreme Court, Swaraj became the External Affairs Minister in 2014 when Modi’s first cabinet was sworn-in on May 26. She is only the second woman to hold the portfolio after Indira Gandhi, who briefly kept External Affairs Ministry under her while being the Prime Minister.

Several path-breaking measures such as the passport infrastructure expansion and enhanced engagement with the East were the highlight of her tenure.

She has been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. She began her political career with the ABVP in the 1970s.

Updated: June 10, 2019 — 11:02 pm