Sushma Swaraj’s ‘We evacuated thousands of Indians from Kerala’ tweet from hospital causes controversy


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday posted several tweets in a bid to respond to Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy over the cost of rescuing people from Kerala, stranded in hostile regions such as Iraq and Libya.

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Swaraj, who’s undergoing treatment at Delhi’s AIIMS, tweeted, “Mr.Chandy – We evacuated thousands of Indians from Kerala from Iraq, Libya and Yemen. Who paid for them ? Mr.Chandy – You said ‘Kerala paid for 29 Indians evacuated from Libya.’ Mr.Chandy – You started this debate – as to Who paid ? Not me. We always did this because this is our pious duty towards our citizens.”

Swaraj’s tweets were believed to be in response to comments made by Chandy, who was recently furious with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for crediting his own government for bringing back the Indians from Libya.

Moments later, Chandy posted this tweet;

This new controversy came a day after Modi was trolled on twitter for describing Kerala worse than Somalia in terms of infant mortality among Scheduled Tribes.

However, Swaraj’s comments haven’t gone down well with a large section of social media users, many of whom were incensed with the use of ‘We’ in “We evacuated thousands of Indians.”

Kerala goes to crucial assembly elections and the BJP, Swaraj’s party, is making desperate attempts to make inroads in the south Indian state.

Here are some of the comments by Facebook and Twitter users: