It's almost certain that two BJP stalwarts â€“ seven time MP Sushma Swaraj and former speaker of Lok sabha Sumitra Mahajan are retiring from active politics.Both the leaders have reportedly applied for former MP identity card. This card will enable them to avail the benefits such as free travel and access to library etc. Both the leaders have not contested this time. While Sushma cited health reasons, Sumitra Mahajan did not contest due to age-related issues.
Sumitra Tai, as she is known,, has already hosted a dinner for senior BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Modi and party chief Amit Shah. She has also thanked the party for making her an MP seven times and the speaker of the Lok Sabha. Both Sushma and Sumitra will soon receive the ID cards. Sushma and Sumitra have both won from Madhya Pradesh. While Sushma Swaraj and contested and won from Vidisha, Sumitra Mahajan represented Indore. Meanwhile, there are reports that Sushma Swaraj could be nominated for Rajya Sabha. However, there is no official confirmation as yet.