Sushma Swaraj, former foreign minister, tweeted on Saturday morning that she has moved out of her official home in central Delhi.
“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,” Ms Swaraj tweeted.
She opted out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new government and chose not to contest the national election on health grounds.
Many people of Twitter responded, thanking the veteran politician from the BJP for her role as foreign minister.
Actor Anupam Kher tweeted, “You are one of the most graceful & dignified leaders of modern India. A persona like you, may move out of the official residence but you will continue to reside in our hearts for years. World of politics is a better place because of leaders like you.”
Sushma Swaraj, 67, left a legacy of an easily-accessible foreign minister who helped the Indians abroad in distress with her quick response on Twitter to requests for help. Even banal or joking requests drew a response from Sushma Swaraj.
Dr. S Jaishankar, her successor in the Foreign Ministry, had said he was “proud to follow on the footsteps” of Ms Swaraj.
Earlier this month, Sushma Swaraj tweeted that reports of being appointed as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh was not true. Her clarification came after Union Minister Harsh Vardhan set speculation rolling when, in a tweet, he congratulated her. His tweet was soon deleted.
Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Maneka Gandhi and Jayant Sinha are some of key ministers from the previous government who are not part of the new dispensation.
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