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Sushma Swaraj
Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs

Sushma Swaraj (born February 14, 1952) is India’s first woman External Affairs Minister from May 27, 2014. She has been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. She is an advocate by profession and educated at S.D. College, Ambala Cantt (Haryana) and Law Department, Panjab University, Chandigarh.

Sushma Swaraj began her political career with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in the 1970s. She became a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly and a Cabinet Minister in Haryana at the age of 25 in 1977. She became State President of Janata Party (Haryana) in 1979, when she was 27.

She was Union Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting in the first Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government in 1996. In the second Vajpayee Government, she was Cabinet Minister for Information and Broadcasting with additional charge of the Ministry of Telecommunications from March 19 to October 12, 1998. She resigned from the Union Cabinet to take over as the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi in October 1998. She resigned her Assembly seat to return to national politics and was Minister of Health, Family Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs from January 2003 until May 2004.

She won the 2009 election to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh and became Leader of Opposition. She was re-elected from Vidisha in 2014.

 
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