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Sushma Swaraj is a veteran leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Minister of External Affairs in the Narendra Modi government since May 26, 2014. She was the Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs from May 26, 2014 to January 7, 2016. At present, she is a Member of Parliament in Lok Sabha representing the Vidisha constituency.
 
She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party after the Emergency. Swaraj won her first election at the age of 25 in 1977 from the Ambala Cantonment Assembly constituency.  In July 1977, she became a Cabinet Minister in the Janata Party Government under Chief Minister Devi Lal. She became State President of Janata Party (Haryana) in 1979. She was the Education Minister in the Bharatiya Janata Party–Lok Dal coalition government in Haryana during 1987-1990.
 
Swaraj was a Cabinet minister in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee and held the portfolios of Health and Family Welfare, Information and Broadcasting at different junctures. She was the Chief Minister of Delhi from October 13, 1998 to December 3, 1998. 
 
In November last year, Sushma Swaraj announced that she would not contest the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. In July last year, Swaraj came under attack on social media from members of the Sangh Parivar. waraj was targeted by Right-wing trolls following the transfer of a Passport Seva Kendra official in Lucknow for allegedly humiliating an inter-faith couple. Her ministerial colleagues Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh, along with BJP Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy, were reportedly the only leaders from her camp who came out in her support. Even second-rung RSS leaders had taken to attacking her on social media. 
 

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