Former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj passes away at 67

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Sushma Swaraj passes away at AIIMS, Delhi. Photo: PTI File

Former External Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj passed away at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) New Delhi on Tuesday (August 6) night. She was 67.

She had suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to AIIMS late in the night on Tuesday and admitted to the emergency ward. Doctors’s efforts to resuscitate her failed and she was pronounced dead.

She is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bhansuri.

Subsequently, several senior ministers rushed to the hospital, including Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal and Prahlad Joshi.

Earlier in the day, Swaraj had expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the government abrogated the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and passed a bill for its bifurcation. “I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime,” she said.

Following her demise, Modi took to Twitter to express his grief.

“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,” he tweeted.

“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 said in another tweet.

Congress too condoled the death of the BJP leader, tweeting, “We are saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Our condolences to her family and loved ones.”

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed his shock and remembered her as an “exceptional Parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines”.