New Delhi: Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday said that will not be contesting for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. While speaking to the media in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Swaraj cited health reasons for not contesting in the upcoming elections. Also Read - Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, Foreign Service Institute to be Named After Sushma Swaraj: MEA

Swaraj said, “It is the party which decides, but I have made up my mind not to contest the next elections.” She further added that she had already informed her party. Also Read - Year-Ender 2019: Country's Political Bigwigs Who Left us in The Year Gone by

In fact, earlier this year, in the month of May, Swaraj, who was being treated for pneumonia at AIIMS in the national capital.  “Swaraj is recovering from pneumonia and her condition is stable. Her health condition is being monitored by a team of specialists and she is likely to be discharged soon,” a senior doctor at AIIMS had said.

The doctor had said it is likely that she contracted the infection due to extreme temperatures during her travels.

In November 2016, the veteran leader had herself informed that she was forced to be away from her official engagements because of her kidney transplant. “I am in AIIMS because of kidney failure. Presently, I am on dialysis. I am undergoing tests for a Kidney transplant. Lord Krishna will bless,” she had said before her surgery.