One of the tall leaders of the BJP, Sushma Swaraj seems to be putting an end to her illustrious career as Parliamentarian. She has reportedly applied for ex-MP card. If true, this will effectively rule out the possibility of her re-entering Parliament through Rajya Sabha.
Mrs Swaraj worked as foreign minister in the previous NDA government. Earlier she was the Leader of Opposition in the 15th Lok Sabha, and viewed as a strong contender for the prime minister’s post.
Last year, she had announced that she would not contest LS election again due to health reasons, but clarified that she would continue in politics. This had sparked speculation about her entry into Rajya Sabha or assuming the governer’s office in a state. Apparently, Sushma, known for her oratory, is unlikely to be seen inside Parliament again.
Another BJP top leader, Sumitra Mahajan, former Lok Sabha Speaker, is said to have already secured ex-MP card.