Former MEA Sushma Swaraj vacates government residence

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29 Jun 2019

Sushma Swaraj swiftly vacates government residence, wins netizens' heart

About a month after the new Narendra Modi government was sworn in, former Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has vacated her official residence in central Delhi.

Swaraj (67) displayed swiftness to comply with the government's appeal to former lawmakers to vacate their official residences and won hearts across the internet, as was often the case during her tenure.

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Swaraj tweeted about her exit from official residence on Saturday

Swaraj tweeted about her exit from official residence on Saturday

On Saturday morning, Swaraj tweeted, "I have moved out of my official residence 8, Safdarjung Lane, New Delhi. Please note that I am not contactable on the earlier address and phone numbers."

The seven-time MP had opted out of contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, citing health reasons.

The portfolio is now held by S Jaishankar, who formerly served as the Foreign Secretary.

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How Swaraj became a political rockstar

During her stint as the External Affairs Minister, Swaraj was best known for giving a human face to the ministry.

The BJP veteran took a personal interest in helping out the Indian diaspora in distress, addressing concerns pertaining to the issuance of visa, and passport-related queries.

Swaraj was also loved by the masses for her witty and humorous replies on Twitter.

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You will continue to reside in our hearts: Anupam Kher

As Swaraj announced her exit from the official residence, she was lauded on Twitter.

Actor Anupam Kher tweeted, "You are one of the most graceful & dignified leaders of modern India."

He added, "A persona like you, may move out of the official residence but you will continue to reside in our hearts for years."

Other Twitter users also chimed in to praise Swaraj.

Many expressed how they missed Swaraj's absence from the Cabinet

'Your ethics, probity a role model for us all'

Others praised her for standing apart from her contemporaries

History

Bill to facilitate speedy eviction of unauthorized occupants cleared

To recall, last month, the Centre had asked all former lawmakers to vacate their official residences to accommodate 267 first-term MPs.

Recently, the Cabinet cleared The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorized Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019, to facilitate speedy eviction of unauthorized occupants.

The bill, which will be introduced in the current Parliament session, will impose a Rs. 10L fine for overstaying beyond five months.

Ex-UP CM Akhilesh Yadav overstayed at official residence for years

In the past, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been known to overstay his welcome at the official bungalow in Lucknow for two years. Additionally, another ex-UP CM, BSP supremo Mayawati converted her official residence into a BSP founder Kanshi Ram memorial.

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Who is Sushma Swaraj?

Asked 2019-06-29 15:14:31 by Paridhi Sharma

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Sushma Swaraj is the former Minister of External Affairs. She has been an MP seven times and an MLA three times.

Why did Sushma Swaraj not contest 2019 elections?

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Sushma Swaraj opted out of the 2019 general elections due to health reasons.

Why did Sushma Swaraj leave official residence?

Asked 2019-06-29 15:14:31 by Aditya Tata

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Sushma Swaraj followed government directives to vacate the official residence. Last month, the Centre had asked all former lawmakers to vacate their official residences to accommodate 267 first-term MPs. Many former lawmakers often overstay their welcome.

What's the government's plan to avoid overstay of former lawmakers at official residences?

Asked 2019-06-29 15:14:31 by Arjun Mehta

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Recently, the Union Cabinet cleared The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019, to facilitate speedy eviction of unauthorized government residence occupants. The proposed bill—which will be introduced in the current Parliament session—will impose a Rs. 10L fine for overstaying beyond five months.

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