Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passes away


NEW DELHI: Former External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night.

67-year-old senior BJP leader is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri.

According to the report from the AIIMS doctors, she died of a cardiac arrest.

As per the report, she was brought to AIIMS around 9:30 pm and was straight away taken to the emergency ward.

Earlier, she had opted out of contesting Lok Sabha polls this year due to health reasons. Swaraj had a kidney transplant in 2016.

Prime Minister Modi, in his tweets, hailed Swaraj as a "prolific orator and outstanding parliamentarian" and said she was admired and revered across party lines.

“Sushma Ji was a prolific orator and outstanding Parliamentarian. She was admired and revered across party lines. She was uncompromising when it came to matters of ideology and interests of the BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to”, he tweeted.

“An excellent administrator, Sushma Ji set high standards in every Ministry she handled. She played a key role in bettering India’s ties with various nations. As a Minister we also saw her compassionate side, helping fellow Indians who were in distress in any part of the world”, he added.

“I can’t forget the manner in which Sushma Ji worked tirelessly as EAM in the last 5 years. Even when her health was not good, she would do everything possible to do justice to her work and remain up to date with matters of her Ministry. The spirit and commitment was unparalleled”, he tweeted.

“Sushma Ji’s demise is a personal loss. She will be remembered fondly for everything that she’s done for India. My thoughts are with her family, supporters and admirers in this very unfortunate hour. Om Shanti”, he added.

Several senior ministers, including Harsh Vardhan, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani Prakash Javadekar, reached AIIMS after she was admitted to the hospital.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said he was deeply shocked and anguished by the sudden demise of an extremely valued colleague.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, "Deeply shocked to learn of the passing away of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Difficult to accept this news. The whole nation grieves, the Foreign Ministry even more so."

The Congress party condoled her demise.

"We are saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Our condolences to her family and loved ones," the party said.

"I'm shocked to hear about the demise of Sushma Swaraj Ji, an extraordinary political leader, a gifted orator and an exceptional Parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines. My condolences to her family in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

Sushma is an Indian politician and a former and Supreme Court lawyer. She has been a Member of Parliament for several years.

During the last two Lok Sabha polls in 2009 and 2014, she had contested and won from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh.

Swaraj had served as the Minister of External Affairs of India since 26 May 2014, and in the past held the position of Delhi’s Chief Minister from October 13 to December 3, 1998.

Sushma had been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

At the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest cabinet minister of the north Indian state of Hariyana.

She had also been Informal and Broadcasting Minister in the Centre spoke person of the BJP and leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha.

Swaraj was called India's 'best-loved politician' by the US daily Wall Street Journal.

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