Sushma to miss oath ceremony, Takes A Dig At Media


New Delhi: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that she would be unable to attend the swearing-in ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan due to her diplomatic engagement and counselled the media not to speculate about her absence.

Swaraj, who missed the event because of her meeting with the Foreign Minister of Hungary, was probably anticipating such a thing. She knew that her absence would be noticed and talked about. So, when her absence became a topic of debate in newsrooms, she took a dig at the media.

“Media – Pl avoid the headline: ‘Sushma skips Oath Ceremony’,” Swaraj said in a series of tweets. She wrote: “I am unable to attend the swearing in ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan since I have a meeting with Foreign Minister of Hungary.”

In another tweet, Swaraj tweeted: “I congratulate and welcome all my colleagues joining the Council of Ministers.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to reshuffle his council of ministers on Tuesday by inducting 19 new faces in the first major exercise since he assumed power in May 2014.