New Delhi. Sushma Swaraj, the External Affairs Minster today threatened BJP’s senior leadership that she will resign if they don’t send her onsite (foreign).
“Though I was initially looking for the PM role, I agreed to join Modi company because I was promised frequent onsite trips. But, now all onsite assignments are taken over by Modi, leaving me with nothing,” complained Sushma.
“For an External affairs minister, foreign locations are the ‘Onsite’ locations. It’s been 6 months since I took over this new role, but have not got a real chance to travel overseas. Is it too much to ask a foreign trip for a foreign minister?” she asked.
“Yes, I did travel to Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan etc.. Its like tour of India-A cricket team, neither anything happens nor anyone cares. I want to be part of real/serious trips like Australia, Brazil, Japan etc.,” explained Sushma.
“Why should Modi have all the fun?” she questioned.
Following this unexpected rebellion, BJP leadership immediately went into a damage control mode and asked Smriti Irani to organise a press meet to make clarifications.
“We have already given an offer to Sushma ji regarding the ‘Onsite opportunities’ issue after consulting with some experts in HR department of top IT companies. Instead of ‘Onsite opportunity’, we offered her an ‘Out standing’ rating in next annual appraisal for ministers, a Padma award (for Sushma) and 5% hike in media attention (to her). But, she not only rejected the offer, but also violated party rules and came out publicly,” said Smriti Irani.
This is not the first time Sushma’s public statements have sparked controversies. Earlier this month, she had started a controversy by making statement that ‘Bhagavad Gita should be made a national book’.
“I think, there are more chances of Gita becoming a national book than Sushma getting her international flight booked,” said a senior BJP leader anonymously.
The news of External Affairs Minister threatening ruling party received mixed responses all across India.
“We don’t allow any Hindu woman to have ‘External affairs’ in the first place,” shouted a Bajrang Dal Leader, when asked for his views.
However the External Affairs Minister got support from some IT employees who have been waiting for years for their first onsite assignment for years.
“Finally we got a leader who understands our problem,” tweeted Rajit Sharma, a software professional from Bangalore who has been waiting for 3 years for an onsite assignment.
“This is a trick being played by BJP to lure IT employees,” claimed Congress leader Digvijay Singh after seeing support for the BJP leader.
“Congress is going to start an ‘Onsite aspirant’ division to counter this. We will provide onsite to all our voters under ‘Rajiv Onsite Yojana’, if we get elected next time,” he added.
Meanwhile Sushma got support from an unexpected corner.
“I fully support Sushma ji!” tweeted cricketer Robin Uthappa, “Why is Rohit getting all onsite opportunities, while I am sitting at home?”