External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj praises the BJPgovernment stating that Modi governmentis the first government after Independence to have six women Cabinet Ministerswith two of them as members of the Cabinet Committee on Security.
Sushma Swaraj after delivering her speech during Mahila Sammelan event in Varanasi on Wednesday, tweeted "I told the audience that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is the first government after Independence to have six women Cabinet Ministers with two of them as members of the Cabinet Committee on Security. Jawahar Lal Nehru's first cabinet (1952-57) had only one woman – Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur as a Cabinet Minister. His second government (1957-62) had no woman Cabinet Minister. His third Government (1962-64) had one woman (Dr. Sushila Nayyar) as a Cabinet Minister.
She also mentioned in her another tweet , "Lal Bahadur Shastri continued with Dr. Sushila Nayyar as a Cabinet Minister (1964-66). Indira Gandhi also continued with her as a Cabinet Minister (1966-67)". She explained that during the tenure of Indira Gandhi as the Prime Minister from 1961-71,1971-1977 and again during 1980-84, not a single woman was appointed as a Cabinet Minister.
She is also of the view that Rajiv Gandhi's cabinet(1984-89) had only one woman (Mohsina Kidwai) as a Cabinet Minister.