NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister and one of the senior most leaders of the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party,  Sushma Swaraj has made her decision of not participating in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The senior leader has been a parliamentarian for 9 complete terms.

Union Minister Sushma Swaraj conveyed her decision of not contesting the general elections following some health issues with the news reporters in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh. The Assembly elections in the state are due for the end of the month.

In Indore, Ms Swaraj while addressing the reporters said that though it is the decision of the party that who will contest or who will not, I have made up my mind not to contest the next elections. I have informed the party about my decision, she added.

“I have not been active for a year because of a kidney condition. You can’t judge whether I am active based on how long I have not attended an election meeting. Today, LK Advani comes to all meetings, blesses us, sits in parliament. To say that I am not active just because I didn’t attend an election meeting for a year…if you think that means I should be out of politics, it is unfair,” said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Sushma Swaraj who is the second woman to be the Minister of External Affairs after Indira Gandhi was forced to take a break for a long time in 2016 due to a health condition. She was suffering from diabetes and had a kidney transplant.

Being a Lok Sabha MP from Vidisha, which is around 60 km from the capital of the state Bhopal, Swaraj is among the senior most leaders in the parliament. Ms Sushma Swaraj recently announced her decision in front of the reporters when they questioned her about her posters of prolonged absence from parliament. These posters were seen in the town a few days back.