Why Sushma Swaraj got angry on Twitter

Sushma SwarajX IT professionalX Sanjay PanditaX Railway MinistryX Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu
Sushma SwarajX IT professionalX Sanjay PanditaX Railway MinistryX Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu

Sushma Swaraj is widely acknowledged for her ” Twitter Diplomacy” and known for her quick and helpful responses to SOS posts on Twitter. She was also named among 15 ‘Global Thinkers’ of the year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to congratulate her.

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On Sunday, however, the social media-savvy Foreign Minister was deeply annoyed by one request. A Pune-based IT professional tweeted requesting a transfer for his wife, who works for the Railway Ministry and is posted in a different city.

She got annoyed over the request and replied sternly and the response was not what he would have hoped for. “I would have ordered a suspension had this transfer request been made to my ministry,” the minister said.


Earlier Sanjay Pandita US-based man who had asked for help and had requested the minister’s help to get a passport for his wife, claiming that he had been forced to live without her because of the delay.

She has also tagged Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in her response to IT professional Smit Raj’s request. Mr Prabhu, another minister counted  among the most responsive on social media, replied that he has nothing to do with transfers and would ask a top railway officer to look into the case.

Ms Swaraj has urged Indians abroad to tweet to embassies with their problems and also tag her so she can personally monitor the response.

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