Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at AIIMS hospital on Tuesday night.
She was brought to the hospital at 10.15 a.m. and was taken directly to the emergency ward, but her life could not be saved. Doctors at AIIMS said that she died of cardiac arrest.
People across the country are paying her tribute in their own ways.
Many leaders such as Prakash Javadekar, Amit Shah, Rahul Gandhi etc. offered their condolences to the people’s leader.
Honorable Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi tweeted,
A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019
Apart from this, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi condoled the demise of former External Affairs Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj.
“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”, he said.
Senior advocate Harish Salve said, “Sushma Swaraj ji was an elder sister. I was simply stunned yesterday on hearing about her demise. At 8:45 pm, I had a talk with her. She said you have to come and take your fees of one rupee for Jadhav case. Just 10 min post that, she had a cardiac arrest.”
President Ram Nath Kovind, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute to Swaraj by reaching her residence at Jantar Mantar.
Many others including Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Baba Ramdev, BJP MP Hema Malini, former Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Delhi’s Lt. Governor Anil Baijal, BSP chief Mayawati, and Kailash Satyarthi reached her residence to pay tribute.
Today the whole country is emotional; no one thought that Swaraj would leave us like this.
Born on February 14, 1952, Swaraj was the second woman to hold after Indira Gandhi. She served as the Minister of External Affairs in Modi’s first cabinet. She also served as the fifth CM of Delhi.