"No political party is there which earned so much popularity in such short time. In the last few days there might have been some decline in the popularity due to our shortcomings and it should be deliberated upon," Advani said after assuming the charge. The elevation of Sushma Swaraj, 57, is symbolic for the BJP as she will be the first woman leader of opposition from the party. An impressive orator, Sushma has been a top campaigner of the party and held positions as a minister in Haryana and chief minister of Delhi.
Widely respected in the party, Sushma, shares good rapport with leaders across the political spectrum.
Image: BJP leader Najma Heptullah hugs her party colleague Sushma Swaraj after the latter was appointed leader of opposition of the Lok Sabha at a BJP parliamentary party meeting, in New Delhi on Dec. 18, 2009.
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