‘I have made up my mind’: Sushma Swaraj won’t contest 2019 elections

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader on Tuesday revealed that she will not contest the 2019 national election. While talking to the reporters in Madhya Pradesh, where elections will be held later this month, Swaraj reportedly shared the decision and cited health reasons for the same.

“It is the party which decides, but I have made up my mind not to contest the next elections,” said Ms Swaraj, 66, in Indore. She said she had informed her party.

Swaraj’s family has reportedly confirmed that Swaraj needed to avoid infections and was taking precautions. “She has contested 11 elections, there is no political reason behind the decision,” said a source.

The veteran leader was forced to be away from her official engagements for months in 2016 because of a diabetes condition. She had a kidney transplant.

In November 2016, the Twitter-savvy minister posted the news herself. “I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a Kidney transplant. Lord Krishna will bless,” she said before her surgery.

Swaraj is currently the sitting MP from Vidisha constituency which she retained in the 2014 polls with a huge margin of over 4 lakh votes.

As per reports, BJP might now opt for the Rajya Sabha route to send her to Parliament.

Swaraj has a long distinguished career as a politician – she has been elected seven times as Member of Parliament and three times as an MLA.

At age 25, she became the youngest cabinet minister in the Haryana government in 1977. She was also the chief minister of Delhi in 1998.