Sushma Swaraj

Sushma holds meeting over upcoming Hajj pilgrimage

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, June 23 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held a meeting over the upcoming Haj pilgrimage and promised to bring improvement in facilities for the pilgrims.

She also said that she would request Saudi Arabia to withdraw 20 per cent cut in India's quota for the annual pilgrimage.

Swaraj further said that accommodation for pilgrims is a major issue and added that there was a need to think about a long-term solution to the issue. (ANI)

Sushma Swaraj to meet Russian Deputy PM tomorrow

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, June 17 : In the first interaction between India and the Russian Federation, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry O. Rogozin tomorrow, official sources said.

According to the sources, India and Russia have a special and privileged strategic partnership and Mr. Rogozin's visit is in the context of high level bilateral contacts and intense dialogues on priority areas of bilateral cooperation.

Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin will be in India on June 18 and 19,2014.

PM Modi's visit to Bhutan extremely satisfying: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma-Swaraj_Thimphu, (Bhutan) June 16 : External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday termed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bhutan as extremely successful and satisfying.

"India selected Bhutan because it is one of our important neighbours, and certainly the friendliest country. This visit has been extremely successful and satisfying. It has reinforced and further strengthened relations between India and Bhutan. In spite of being a very short visit, the Prime Minister could interact with the legislator, judiciary and executive, all the three wings of democracy," said Swaraj at a press conference here today.

Sushma Swaraj assumes charge as External Affairs Minister

sushma swarajNew Delhi, May 28: Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj today formally took charge as the Minister for External Affairs.

Addressing media outside South Block, Swaraj said talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and SAARC leaders were very successful.

Swaraj also said that Modi had told Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that terrorism was the first issue that needs to be tackled before holding dialogues.

She said, "The PM told Nawaz Sharif that bomb attacks won't let us hear each other out. Terrorism has to be tackled on a priority basis."

Victory courtesy BJP workers' labour, Modi's leadership: Sushma

Sushma-SwarajBhopal, May 16 : BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, set to win from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh, Friday attributed the thumping victory of the party in the Lok Sabha election to the hard work of the millions of BJP workers and the "able leadership of Narendra Modi".

Sushma Swaraj, who is said to be no Modi camp follower, in a tweet said: "This victory is the result of hard labour of millions of BJP 'karyakartas', blessings of (Rashtriya Swayamsewak) Sangh and able leadership of Narendra Modi."

"We receive this mandate of people of India with humility and gratitude," Sushma posted.

Sonia, Modi, Sushma to campaign in Odisha

Sonia, Modi, Sushma to campaign in OdishaBhubaneswar, April 8 : Congress chief Sonia Gandhi as well as BJP leaders Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj will campaign in Odisha for the second phase of the Lok Sabha election, to be held April 17, party sources said Tuesday.

Gandhi who visited Odisha for a few hours Saturday and addressed a rally in Khariar town of Nuapada district, about 550 km from here, will again be in the state Thursday to campaign in the coastal belt.

Swaraj, leader of the opposition in the outgoing Lok Sabha, will hit the campaign trail in Rairangpur, Anandpur and Mahakalpada the same day.

15th Lok Sabha passed landmark bills: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, Feb 21 : Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Friday said the 15th Lok Sabha may have had many disruptions but it passed some of the landmark bills.

Addressing the house on the last sitting of 15th Lok Sabha, Swaraj wished luck to all the members in the parliamentary elections, saying they were opponents not enemy.

"The opposition is based on issues. We criticise them, but the sharpest of criticisms do not come in the way of personal relations... Advani ji always advised me to behave according to the dignity of the house," the leader of opposition said.

BJP blames government for stalemate in parliament

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, Aug 24 : The Bharatiya Janata Party Saturday blamed the Congress' ambivalent position on carrying out its own decision to carve out a separate Telengana state out of Andhra Pradesh for the stalemate in parliament during the ongoing monsoon session.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj told media persons that unless the government executed its decision and carved out Telangana, Andhra Pradesh would not move towards normalcy.

Extending her BJP's full support for amending the constitution, she said that it was this state of indecision and consequent uncertainty that was keeping Andhra Pradesh on the boil.

Take action in Kishtwar clashes, Sushma asks Jammu and Kashmir CM

Sushma-Swaraj_New Delhi, Aug 9 : As clashes erupted in Kishtwar of Jammu and Kashmir Friday, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj urged state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to take immediate action.

"I have checked on Kishtwar. Many injured. Houses and shops burnt. Please do something immediately," Swaraj told Abdullah on Twitter.

In reply, Abdullah said: "Injuries and damage on both sides. Situation is being brought under control. Adequate forces sent."

"I am not referring to any side. Everyone injured there is a Hindustani," she said in reply.

Chidambaram meets BJP leaders, seeks support for financial bills

Chidambaram.New Delhi, Aug 3 : Finance Minister P. Chidambaram Saturday met BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Yashwant Sinha to seek the main opposition party's support for financial legislation during the monsoon session of parliament beginning Aug 5.

Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said that some suggestions were agreed to during the meeting but there was no meeting ground on some others.

"Some suggestions were agreed to and on some others, there was no agreement," he said but declined to go into the details.

Confident of convincing Advani to reverse decision: Sushma

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, June 10 : Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Monday expressed "surprise" at BJP patriarch L. K. Advani's decision to resign from all party posts but said she was confident she would be able to convince him to take back his resignation.

"I am going to his house and will talk to him and I am sure we will be able to convince him. I have spoken to him over phone and told him that I am coming to see him," she told reporters here.

"I was surprised at his decision," she said, adding that she was confident that she would convince him to take back his resignation.

India has not been firm with Pakistan: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, April 30 : As the family of Indian death row prisoner in Pakistan Sarabjit Singh said he was "clinically dead", opposition leader Sushma Swaraj Tuesday slammed the government for not dealing with Islamabad "firmly".

"Whatever happened with Sarabjit in Pakistan, India has not talked as firmly with them (Pakistan government) as we should have," she said in response to a question.

Hang rapists, they need shock treatment: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, April 20 : Rapists of minor girls reflect a "mental sickness" which needs a "shock treatment" of hanging, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said Saturday.

"They reflect a mental sickness which has crept in society... a strong law is not sufficient, they need a shock treatment... They should be hanged to send a strong message to other people," the Bharatiya Janata Party leader told reporters here.

Shocked by rape of five-year-old: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, April 19 : Saying that she was "shocked" about the rape of a five-year-old in Delhi, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Friday demanded the girl should be immediately shifted to AIIMS.

"I am terribly shocked to know about the details of the rape of five year old child in Delhi. She should be shifted to AIIMS immediately," Sushma Swaraj said on her Twitter account.

"I had thought that after Damini case thinking will change. Unfortunately, the situation has worsened," she said.

BJP supports SP over Verma issue

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, March 20 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday came out in support of Mulayam Singh Yadav, demanding that union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma resign over his reported comments against Samajwadi Party supremo.

The BJP also demanded that the matter be referred to the privileges committee.

As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled after an one hour's adjournment at 12 p. m., Leader of Opposition, Sushma Swaraj got up and raised the issue.

"Mulayam Singh Yadav is a senior leader, but one minister used unparliamentary words against him. Instead of apologising, the minister added another insulting statement.

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon over killing of CRPF men

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon over killing of CRPF menNew Delhi, March 14 : The Lok Sabha was Thursday adjourned till noon after members protested the killing of CRPF troopers in Srinagar Wednesday by militants.

Leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj raised the issue as soon as the house assembled for the day amid protests by the BJP and other parties.

The AIADMK members also reached near speaker Meira Kumar's podium, protesting the arrest of some Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy.

The speaker then adjourned the house till 12 noon.(IANS)

BJP demands withdrawal of ‘Hindu terror’ remark, apology from Shinde

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, Feb 20 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will have to withdraw his controversial `Hindu terror' remark and apologise, if the government wants Parliament to function smoothly during the Budget Session starting tomorrow.

Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj said the BJP too wants the house to function properly, but it will be possible only after the issue of Shinde's remark will be resolved.

Sack Shinde for hurting national interests: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma-Swaraj_New Delhi, Jan 24 : Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde should be removed for his comment on "Hindu terror" that had hurt national interests, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj said Thursday.

Asking Shinde to not cross his limits, Sushma Swaraj said politics can be practised to the extent that it benefits the Congress or even harms the BJP but "should not be taken to a level where national interest is affected".

Use 2013 to strengthen laws to protect women: BJP

Sushma-SwarajNew Delhi, Dec 31 : The BJP Monday reiterated its demand for a special session of parliament, saying the next year should be used for strengthening all laws related to the safety of women.

"This year (in 2013), all laws related to women should be re-analysed. There should be toughest punishment for crimes against women," Lok Sabha Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said here at the Bharatiya Janata Party-organised condolence meet for the gang-rape victim who died Saturday.

Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley also said that legislators should meet as soon as possible to amend anti-rape laws.

PepsiCo claims to be the largest procurer of potato in India

PepsiCo claims to be the largest procurer of potato in IndiaMcDonald's and PepsiCo have rebutted BJP senior leader Sushma Swaraj's allegation that these multinational fast-food giants do not source even basic commodities from within India.

Opposing the Congress-led UPA's government economic reforms programme, which includes opening on multi-brand retail sector to foreign investors, Swaraj said that government was wrong in claiming that foreign retailers like Wal-Mart would source at least 30 per cent of their items from within India.

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