Sushma Swaraj’s Twitter response to Muslim leader on Jerusalem sparks controversy


Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has earned plenty of accolades for providing humane touch to her ministry by often bailing out ordinary public of their misery.

Sushma Swaraj

However, the minister found herself in the spot of bother after she chose to respond to a tweet from All India United Democratic Front’s leader Badruddin Ajmal. It all started with Ajmal thanking Swaraj for India’s decision to vote against Israel at the United Nations last week.

He wrote, “Thanks Government of India for voting in the UN against US decision of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.”

Swaraj responded, “Thank you Ajmal Sahib. Now you vote for us.”

The minister’s response visibly irked Ajmal, who shot back, “Our vote is always for India, Madam. The day BJP does not differentiate between Majority and Minority community, our vote will be for you.”

Ajmal wasn’t the only one offended by Swaraj’s tweet as social media users with both centre and right-wing ideologies appeared unimpressed.


The United Nations on Thursday had overwhelmingly endorsed a resolution calling the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The non-binding resolution was approved by 128 countries, with 35 abstaining and nine others voting against. India, which has been an ally of Donald Trump under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too voted against the US.


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