Sushma Swaraj Says Won’t Contest 2019 Polls Due to Health Reasons, Husband Says Milkha Singh Stopped Too

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that she won’t contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing health reasons. She is currently the Lok Sabha MP fron Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh.

“It is the party which decides, but I have made up my mind not to contest next elections,” said Swaraj who is in Indore to campaign for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.

The 66-year-old said she has conveyed her decision of not contesting Lok Sabha polls to the party leadership and briefed them about the health issues she was facing. The party might now opt to send her to Parliament via the Rajya Sabha route.

Swaraj said she she has developed allergy for dust after her surgery. In 2016, Swaraj had a kidney transplant surgery that kept her away from work for several months. She was suffering from diabetes for quite a long time.

Her husband, former Governor Swaraj Kaushal, thanked her for the decision to not contest any more elections and compared it to ace athlete Milkha Singh’s decision to hang up his boots.