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Sushma Swaraj responds to allegation on daughter

Congress activists burn effigy of Sushma Swaraj in Kolkata on Wednesday. Photo: Sanjoy Ghosh

Congress activists burn effigy of Sushma Swaraj in Kolkata on Wednesday. Photo: Sanjoy Ghosh  

Notwithstanding the Congress’s clamour for her resignation, it was business as usual for External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday; the only departure being her quick and terse response to an allegation that her daughter Bansuri Swaraj got admission for studies in a medical college through the northeast quota.

The Minister, who has been staying away from Twitter since Sunday, when controversy over her helping ex-IPL commissioner Lalit Modi to get travel documents broke, dismissed the allegation made by a Twitter user about her daughter.

“My daughter is a barrister and Oxford graduate. What you say is absolutely false. @pakaoed,” she tweeted. The Minister continued to refrain from commenting on the controversy that has now landed at the doors of her party colleague and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje. Ms. Swaraj, who met with foreign dignitaries and attended a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, referred to a new policy — which the government is considering — to help women get employment abroad. “Women workers will be recruited for overseas employment only through State government agencies. No more exploitation of Indian women,” she tweeted.

Yoga Day at U.N.

Ms. Swaraj will be going to New York to attend the International Day of Yoga celebrations at the U.N. headquarters on June 21. The celebrations will be followed by events at Times Square and Lincoln Centre.

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