Telangana CM Chandrasekhar Rao expresses grief at Sushma Swaraj's demise


HYDERABAD: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday expressed grief at the demise of former Union minister Sushma Swaraj.


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

“He praised her services to the nation in different capacities”, a release from the Chief Minister's Office said.

“Rao conveyed his condolences to bereaved family members”, it added.

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.

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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