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Sushma Swaraj dismisses 'rumours' of being a candidate in presidential poll

Sushma termed these speculative reports as mere “rumours” and added that she cannot say anything on BJP’s presidential candidate as it’s an internal matter of the party.
India TV Politics Desk New Delhi June 17, 2017 15:05 IST
India TV Politics Desk

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today dismissed speculations of her being a contender in upcoming presidential poll.

Sushma termed these speculative reports as mere “rumours” and added that she cannot say anything on BJP’s presidential candidate as it’s an internal matter of the party.

Though neither the government nor the opposition has declared their candidate for the poll to elect the country’s first citizen, several names, including Swaraj’s, have been doing the rounds. 

“These are rumours. I am an external affairs minister and you are asking me something which is an internal matter,” Sushma  said when asked by reporters whether she was being considered as a candidate in the presidential poll.

The presidential poll is scheduled to be held on 17 July while the counting of votes would be held on 20 July. 

As per the schedule, 28 June is the last day for nominations, while a candidate can withdraw from the electoral battle till 1 July.

(With PTI inputs)