Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj

Sushma Swaraj

Date of Birth : February 14, 1952

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Sushma Swaraj (born February 14, 1952) is an Indian Politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party. She is currently the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the 15th Lok Sabha. She is a former union cabinet minister of India and a former chief minister of Delhi. Also she served as the chairperson of the BJP’s 19 member campaign committee for the 2009 General Elections.

Sushma Swaraj was born in Ambala Cantonment in Haryana. She was educated at S.D. College, Ambala Cantonment and earned a B.A. degree. She studied LL.B. from the Law Department of Panjab University, Chandigarh. She married Swaraj Kaushal on July 13, 1975 and has one daughter. She is an advocate by profession. She began her political career as a student leader in the 1970s, organizing protests against Indira Gandhi’s government.

She has been associated with many social and cultural bodies in various capacities. She was President of the Hindi Sahitya Sammelan, Haryana for four years.

She was a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly from 1977-82 and then from 1987-90. As a Janata Party MLA in Devi Lal’s government, she was the Cabinet Minister of Labour and Employment (1977-1979). She joined the BJP in 1980. Under a combined Lok Dal-BJP government led by Devi Lal, she was the Cabinet Minister of Education, Food and Civil Supplies (1987-1990). She was judged Best Speaker of Haryana State Assembly for three consecutive years.

In 1980, 1984, and 1989, she unsuccessfully contested the Lok Sabha elections from Karnal in Haryana. All three times, she was defeated by the Congress Party’s Chiranji Lal Sharma.

She was elected as a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1990. In 1996, she was elected to the 11th Lok Sabha from South Delhi. She was Union Cabinet Minister of Information and Broadcasting in 1996, during the 13-day Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government.

She was re-elected to 12th Lok Sabha for a 2nd term in 1998. Under the second Vajpayee government, she retained the Information and Broadcasting ministry and had additional charge of the Ministry of Telecommunications from March 19 to October 12, 1998.

She left the Union Cabinet from October – December 1998 to serve as the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi. The BJP lost the assembly elections, and she returned to national politics.

She returned to Parliament in April 2000 as a Rajya Sabha member from Uttarakhand. She was re-inducted into the cabinet as the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, which she held from September 2000 until January 2003. At that time, she was made the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, and also held the post of Minister of Parliamentary Affairs. She held these posts from January 2003 until May 2004, when the National Democratic Alliance government lost elections.

In a heavily publicized and emotionally charged episode following the elections, Sushma Swaraj threatened to shave her head, don a white saree and eat groundnuts (symbollically mourning) if Sonia Gandhi, the Italian-born Congress leader, became Prime Minister.

She was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in April 2006 from Madhya Pradesh. She served as the deputy leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha. Speculation ran high that Sushma Swaraj was one of the top contenders to be President of the BJP, following Advani’s resignation from that role in late 2005. Rajnath Singh ultimately was elected to that post.

She won the 2009 election to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Vidisha constituency in Madhya Pradesh, on a BJP candidacy, by a record margin of 3.89 lakh votes. This is her 10th election. She is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the 15th Lok Sabha.

Congress besmeared in dramatics to garner votes: Sushma

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Friday alleged that the Congress lacks issues for the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and was indulging in dramatics to garner votes. She alleged that the Congress wanted to raise corruption...

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Manmohan Singh, Advani, Maya in Kanpur Today

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, BJP leader LK Advani and BSP chief Mayawati launch their campaigns in Kanpur Today. Singh will be addressing a rally at the Moti Jheel grounds in the afternoon. The city has proved lucky for Singh twice...

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Congress knows how to ‘remain headlines’: Sushma Swaraj

The Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, taking potshots at Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's act of tearing up a poll manifesto, she today said the party (Congress) just wants to "grab headlines" through such acts. she...

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Sushma, Jaitley also favourites name for BJP PM candidate: Gadkari

After LK Advani and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, party president Nitin Gadkari has reportedly added two more names to his list of favourites for BJP's prime ministerial candidate the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley....

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Sushma Swaraj in charge of Election work in T.N., Kerala, Puducherry

Leaders of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha — Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley — have been put, by the BJP, in charge of election-related matters in four States and one Union Territory going to the...

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LK Advani will continue to lead : Rajnath

After a three-day brainstorming session, BJP chief Rajnath Singh on Friday said LK Advani will continue to lead the party and gave clear signals that dissent and indiscipline will not be tolerated. Referring to the expulsion of senior leader Jaswant Singh...

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India Elections : Seven former Chief Ministers took oath

Seven former Chief Ministers -- of Karnataka, Jharkhand and Delhi took oath as members of the 15th Lok Sabha. Delhi's first woman Chief Minister Sushma Swaraj, who won the just-concluded election from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, took oath in Sanskrit. Former Prime...

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India Elections : 2041 in fray for Phase II of LS polls

Duelling campaign for the April 23 round-two Lok Sabha elections in 141 constituencies ends today, leaving contestants including Rahul Gandhi, Sharad Pawar, Ramvilas Paswan and Sushma Swaraj to wait for voters to decide their fate. At the end of the second...

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NDA definitely cross the magic figure of 272 : Sushma Swaraj

BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Monday expressed confidence that the NDA would definitely cross the magic figure of 272 in the Lok Sabha elections. Not only would the NDA get a majority on its own, the BJP would also emerge as...

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BJP announces 46 more candidates for Lok Sabha Polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday finalised 46 seats from the four states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka. While the party fielded its senior leader Sushma Swaraj from Vidisha Lok Sabha seat from Madhya Pradesh, it nominated former...

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