External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reacted angrily to a tweet suggesting she took favours to get her daughter a seat in a medical college through the northeast quota.
“My daughter is a barrister and Oxford graduate. What you say is absolutely false,” she replied to the tweet.
The twitter handle ‘Soch @pakoed’ had insinuated that “Sushma is no stranger to taking and giving favours! Her daughter studied through NorthEast quota in medical college.”
Twitterati immediately reacted, wondering at Sushma’s impulsive response to a stray tweet. The handle @pakoed was deleted, though its tweet was retweeted by others.
Sushma’s twitter supporters urged her not to be hassled by a “dog that barks” and keep up her good work.
On Monday too, Sushma appears to have lost her cool, targeting a senior journalist of a news channel that was reporting on the Lalit Modi episode. “Look who is preaching propriety – of all the persons Navika Kumar!” she posted.
Sushma’s daughter Bansuri is a lawyer, who is reported to have appeared in passport cancellation matters relating to former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi before the court.
The Congress has pointed this out in its accusations against the minister, citing “conflict of interest”.
The senior minister is facing flak for having helped Lalit Modi procure documents to travel to Portugal in 2014. Lalit Modi, who is wanted by the Enforcement Directorate for alleged financial impropriety in the money-spinning IPL, stays in London.
Her husband Swaraj Kaushal was governor of Mizoram from 1990 to 1993 and is an expert on the northeast.