Union minister for health Harsh Vardhan took to Twitter to congratulate Sushma Swaraj on her “appointment as Andhra Pradesh Governor”. Swaraj reacted to the same and said that the news was not true
New Delhi: Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday night created a stir after he tweeted stating BJP veteran and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had been appointed as Governor of Andhra Pradesh, which turned out to be false.
Swaraj took to Twitter denying the news, while Vardhan too deleted his tweet in less than an hour of posting it.
"Congratulations to senior BJP leader, my sister and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj ji on being appointed as Governor of Andhra Pradesh. Your long experience in different fields will be beneficial to the people of the state," Vardhan's tweet read.
Moments later Swaraj tweeted, "The news of my appointment as Governor of Andhra Pradesh is not true".
"I called on the Vice President of India Shri Venkaiah Naidu ji on demitting office as Minister of External affairs. This was enough for Twitter to appoint me as the Governor of Andhra Pradesh.
"The news about my appointment as Governor of Andhra Pradesh is not true," Swaraj tweeted.
A Home Ministry spokesperson also denied the reports about Swaraj being appointed as the Governor.
The Home Ministry is the nodal authority for affairs related to Governors and Lieutenant Governors of states and Union territories.
Swaraj was external affairs minister in the Narendra Modi-led government's first term and was very active on Twitter and had helped numerous Indians who were stranded in foreign countries to make a safe return to India.
She did not contest the recent Lok Sabha election citing health reasons.
With PTI inputs
Last Updated 10:32 AM IST