Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away after suffering a cardiac attack on Tuesday. She was admitted to the All India Institute of Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. She was 67. The senior BJP leader in her last tweet thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the government’s move on Kashmir. She said, ” I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.” Follow LIVE Updates here
A former Supreme Court lawyer, she was born on February 14, 1953, in Ambala Cantt, Haryana. Her father was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) member. Swaraj began her political career with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in the 1970s.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj as a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor.
Minutes after her death, PM Modi posted a series of tweets saying, “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..”
Sushma Swaraj suffered a cardiac arrest. Here are the HIGHLIGHTS
Russia pays tribute to Sushma Swaraj
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia remembers Sushma Swaraj: "We express our sincere condolences to the people of India on the premature passing away of the former Foreign Minister of this friendly country."
Whenever any Indian got into trouble, didi (Sushma Swaraj) took care of it herself: Piyush Goyal
Leaders cutting across party lines expressed shock at the sudden demise of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday. Union Minister Piyush Goyal said, "passing away of Sushma ji is an irreparable loss. People of the country will remember her contribution for a long time. Whenever any Indian got into trouble, didi took care of it herself, even when it came to the return of a single nurse from abroad."
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."
BJP leader and former union minister Arun Jaitley said, "Saddened, pained and broken on the demise of Sushmaji. She was one of the most outstanding politicians in the Present Era. She distinguished in all positions. She held Senior Positions with the Party, NDA Govt. & while in opposition. She leaves behind a void which is difficult to fill."
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad condoled Sushma Swaraj's death, says 'I have no words'
A host of Union ministers and other senior party leaders at AIIMS Hospital
A host of Union ministers and other senior party leaders visited AIIMS and met the bereaved family of the former external affairs minister.
A pall of gloom descended at the hospital as the news of her death left everyone in shock.
Express Photos by Tashi Tobgyal
May she forever rest in peace: Foreign Minister, Islamic Republic of Iran
Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister of Iran, expressed grief on the passing of Sushma Swaraj. "My deepest condolences to the government and the people of India on the passing of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. I had many fruitful and useful discussions with her while she held office, and am saddened by her sudden passing," Javad Zarif said.
My deepest condolences to the government and the people of India on the passing of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) August 6, 2019
I had many fruitful and useful discussions with her while she held office, and am saddened by her sudden passing.
May she forever rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/FHtjyQbExf
Saddened to hear of the untimely demise of Sushma Swaraj: Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs Afghanistan
My deepest condolences to the people & government of India on the loss of a distinguished public figure who represented her country with distinction and determination, said Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs Afghanistan.
I’m saddened to hear of the untimely demise of @SushmaSwaraj, Senior BJP leader & former Foreign Minister of India. My deepest condolences to the people & government of India on the loss of a distinguished public figure who represented her country w/ distinction & determination.— Salahuddin Rabbani (@SalahRabbani) August 6, 2019
Sushma Swaraj played a key role since the inception of BJP: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari
Passing away of Sushma ji is a personal loss for me, BJP, & the country. Since the inception of the party, she played a key role in its expansion. When I was the President of BJP, she gave me guidance as an elder sister, said Union Minister & BJP leader Nitin Gadkari.
Sushma Swaraj: India’s ‘Supermom’ who blazed a trail in Twitter diplomacy
A politician who was respected across party lines, Swaraj was aptly called the crusading “Supermom” of India by the Washington Post for solving the problems of distressed Indians around the world. From reuniting families to helping citizens recover their passport and travel home from war-torn countries, every request for help, small or big, never bypassed the attention Swaraj, who has blazed a trail for future foreign ministers through her social media heroics. Read More
Vijay Rupani postpones programme to celebrate 3 years of Gujarat government
Following the death of former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's death, Vijay Rupani led Gujarat government postpones programme to celebrate 3 years of the government scheduled Wednesday.
Saddened by the demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj Ji - Former External affairs Minister. I pray for the departed soul. My condolences to family members. Om Shanti...— Vijay Rupani (@vijayrupanibjp) August 6, 2019
Sushma Swaraj was an inspiration to many leaders: FM Nirmala Sitharaman
Stateswoman extraordinaire, diplomat par excellence: Abdulla Shahid on Sushma Sawraj's demise
Recalling Sushma Swaraj as stateswoman extraordinaire, diplomat par excellence, Foreign Minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid said he was "deeply grieved" to hear the demise of Sushma Swaraj. "A warm human being. Key architect of renewed Maldives-India friendship. Sincere condolences to the bereaved family and people of India. May she rest in peace," he said.
Hamid Karzai: Saddened to hear of the loss of Behinji Sushma Swaraj
Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, expressed deep condolences on the demise of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. "Deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Behinji Sushma Swaraj. A tall leader and a great orator and people’s person. My profound condolences to the people of India and her family and friends," he said.
Deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Behinji Sushma Swaraj. A tall leader and a great orator and people’s person. My profound condolences to the people of India and her family and friends. @narendramodi pic.twitter.com/fHT70dH58J— Hamid Karzai (@KarzaiH) August 6, 2019
Sushma Swaraj took Indo-French relationship to new heights: Ambassador of France to India
Ambassador of France to India condoled Sushma Swaraj's death and said that the leader took Indo-French relationship to new heights.
Ambassador of France to India: My heartfelt condolences to the family & loved ones of former EAM of India, Sushma Swaraj ji. One of India’s most respected leaders, she showed remarkable dedication to serving her fellow citizens & took the Indo-French relationship to new heights. pic.twitter.com/T7QhAS15Tl— ANI (@ANI) August 6, 2019
A glorious chapter comes to an end: PM Modi on Sushma Swaraj’s demise
The Prime Minister said Sushma Ji was a prolific orator and outstanding Parliamentarian. Giving credit to her for BJP’s growth, PM Modi said, “She was uncompromising when it came to matters of ideology and interests of the BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to.” Read More
Sushma Swaraj was known as people's minister: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Swaraj rose through the party's ranks to become the external affairs minister and during her tenure she introduced a new sensitivity and sensibility in the ministry's functioning. She was known as the people's minister, he noted.
‘Gone too soon, a lady who was people’s person’: Sports fraternity pay tribute
Her untimely demise led to an outpour of emotions on social media as members of the sports fraternity expressed shock and grief and recalled the moments when they got to interact with her. Read More
Sushma Swaraj to be cremated at 3 pm tomorrow
The mortal remains of former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will be kept at her residence for people to pay last respects. Around 12 pm tomorrow, her mortal remains will be brought to BJP headquarters. At 3 pm she will be taken to Lodhi road crematorium, where her last rites will be performed with full state honours, said BJP working president JP Nadda.
Kerala CM condoles Sushma Swaraj's death
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed deep condolences on the demise of former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Tuesday night.
Vijayan hailed the popular leader's contributions in parliamentary and diplomatic affairs ministries.
Swaraj's mortal remains reach her residence
Sushma Swaraj's mortal remains reach her residence at Jantar Mantar Road fro AIIMS. Senior BJP leaders including Venkaiah Naidu, Smriti Irani arrived some time ago.
Sushma Swaraj will be remembered for her service to people of India: President Ram Nath Kovind
Extremely shocked to hear of the passing of Sushma Swaraj. The country has lost a much-loved leader who epitomised dignity, courage, and integrity in public life. Ever willing to help others, she'll always be remembered for her service to people of India, said President Ram Nath Kovind
We have lost a rare, simple and simple leader: Amit Shah on Sushma Swaraj's demise
On behalf of all BJP workers, I express my deepest condolences to family, supporters and well-wishers. God bless the departed soul forever. Sushma Swaraj became the vocal voice of the BJP as the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. In his form, we have lost a rare, simple and simple leader.
पूर्व विदेश मंत्री और भाजपा की वरिष्ठ नेता व संसदीय बोर्ड की सदस्य श्रीमती सुषमा स्वराज जी के आकस्मिक निधन से मन अत्यंत दुखी है।— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 6, 2019
उन्होंने एक प्रखर वक्ता, एक आदर्श कार्यकर्ता, लोकप्रिय जनप्रतिनिधि व एक कर्मठ मंत्री जैसे विभिन्न रूपों में भारतीय राजनीति में अपनी अमिट छाप छोड़ी है।
Sushma Swaraj's death is a huge loss to the country: Venkaiah Naidu
Swaraj's death is a huge loss to the country said Vice President Venkaiah Naidu
We never imagined Sushma Swaraj leaving us so soon: Gulam Nabi Azad
"We're shocked, we never imagined that she'll leave us so soon. I knew her since 1977 when I was in youth Congress, we knew each other for the last 42 years. We never called each other by name, she used to call me 'bhai' & I used to call her 'behen'," Congress leader Gulam Nabi Azad said.
Pictures from outside AIIMS hospital, Delhi
Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal.
Sushma Swaraj was an extraordinary political leader: Rahul Gandhi
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a tweet expressed condolences. He said, " I’m shocked to hear about the demise of Sushma Swaraj Ji, an extraordinary political leader, a gifted orator & an exceptional Parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines."
Sushma Swaraj was a brilliant speaker: Shashi Tharoor
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor expressed grief over Sushma Swaraj's demise. He said that the former EAM was a brilliant speaker.
Shocked & saddened by this news. I last saw Sushmaji at @PMOIndia's swearing-in two months ago. She was a brilliant speaker in Hindi, a genuine "people's person" in Government &I was proud of our excellent relationship when I chaired the External Affairs Committee. Om Shanti... https://t.co/1Q2kpUSj3x— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 6, 2019
Sushma Swaraj suffered cardiac arrest
Swaraj, who suffered a cardiac arrest was brought to AIIMS between 9:30 pm and 10:00 pm and was straight away taken to the emergency ward. Several senior ministers, including Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, reached AIIMS after she was admitted to the hospital. Swaraj had a kidney transplant in 2016 and had opted out of contesting Lok Sabha polls earlier this year for health reasons. She is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri.
PM Modi: Sushma Ji’s demise is a personal loss
Remembering Sushma Swaraj, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called it a personal loss. "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 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. 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," the PM said in a series of tweets,
Senoir BJP leader Hardeep Singh Puri expresses condolences
Senoir BJP leader Hardeep Singh Puri expressed condolences.
Extremely shocked & deeply saddened at the sudden & untimely demise of our senior leader & former EAM, Smt Sushma Swaraj Ji.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) August 6, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to her family & friends.
Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/12YqDnZnIC