External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday retweeted a poll run by Congress party's official handle that asked people whether, in their opinion, the death of 39 Indians in Iraq was Sushma Swaraj’s biggest failure as Foreign Minister.
However, the minister won the poll hands down.
The poll posted by Congress on Twitter at 10:49 am on March 26, asked: "Do you think the death of 39 Indians in Iraq is Sushma Swaraj’s biggest failure as Foreign Minister? Yes or No"
Do you think the death of 39 Indians in Iraq is Sushma Swaraj’s biggest failure as Foreign Minister? #IndiaSpeaks— Congress (@INCIndia) March 26, 2018
Much to the embarrassment of the grand-old-party, close to 34,000 people, voted and 76 percent of them voted "No".
76 percent of respondents didn't believe the death of 39 Indians taken hostage in Iraq in 2014 was Swaraj's biggest failure as foreign minister.
The Congress was already red-faced with the response on the poll when Sushma Swaraj herself retweeted the poll, amusing her fan following on Twitter.
Soon Twitterers reacted and praised Sushma Swaraj for showing wit.
क्यों अपना मजाक बनाते रहते हो ??— 🇮🇳Kumod Jha🎪 (@Kkjh74) March 26, 2018
आज तक एक भी वोटिंग पर बहुमत मिला क्या ?😂😂 pic.twitter.com/qwbSJ3Ud2b
As many as 40 Indians were abducted by the ISIS terror group from Mosul in Iraq but one of them escaped posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh, Swaraj had said in Rajya Sabha.
The remaining 39 Indians were taken to Badoosh and killed, she had said.
Search operations led to a mound in Badoosh where locals said some bodies were buried by the ISIS. Deep penetration radars were used to establish that the mound indeed was a mass grave, she had said, adding the Indian authorities requested their Iraqi counterpart to exhume the bodies.
Swaraj said the mass grave had exactly 39 bodies, with distinctive features such as long hair, non-Iraqi shoes and IDs. The bodies were then sent to Baghdad for DNA testing.
DNA testing by Martyrs Foundation established the identity of 38 Indians while there has been 70 per cent matching of the DNA for the 39th person, she had said.