India grieves the demise of senior BJP leader and former Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who died of a cardiac arrest at New Delhi's AIIMS hospital on Tuesday. The 67-year-old was one of the most prominent faces of the BJP who immensely contributed to the party's growth and never shied away from accepting challenges.
An amiable leader, an able administrator and a splendid orator -- Sushma Swaraj -- had not been keeping well lately. Swaraj will always be remembered for her legacy as an easily-accessible foreign minister. She has helped numerous Indians in trouble who reached out to her in the last five years on Twitter.
Barely hours before the nine-time parliamentarian passed away, she had thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Centre's move to split Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. Swaraj said she had been "waiting to see this day in her lifetime".
Political leaders across party lines expressed shock and grief at her untimely death.
Leaders bid goodbye to Sushma Swaraj
Leaders across party lines are now laying wreaths to bid a final goodbye to BJP veteran Sushma Swaraj.
Remembering Sushma Swaraj (1952 - 2019)
Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda, Piyush Goyal, Ravi Shankar Prasad shoulder mortal remains
Bansuri Swaraj and Swaraj Kaushal pay salute as state honours are accorded to Sushma Swaraj
Come and collect your fees of Re 1 for Jadhav case: Sushma Swaraj told Harish Salve
Senior advocate Harish Salve said, "For me, Sushma Swaraj ji was an elder sister. I was simply stunned y'day 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 Re 1 for Jadhav case'. Just 10 minutes post that, she had cardiac arrest."
Amit Shah, JP Nadda pay tribute to Sushma Swaraj at BJP HQ
BJP president Amit Shah and party working president JP Nadda pay tribute to Sushma Swaraj.
Uttarakhand to observe state mourning today
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat was extremely sad over the sudden demise of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. "It's a huge loss for the nation. I pay tributes. We have declared state mourning today," the CM said.
Chinese Ambassador condoles Sushma Swaraj's death
Sun Weidong, Chinese Ambassador to India, said, "Sad to learn about the passing away of Sushma Swaraj, former Minister of External Affairs of India. Appreciate her contributions to China-India relations. Express my deep condolences to her family."
Sushma Swaraj's mortal remains being moved to BJP headquarter
Sushma Swaraj's mortal remains is being taken to the BJP headquarter in the national capital. She will then be cremated at Lodhi crematorium.
The nation lost a true voice of people: Venkaiah Naidu in Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, members of Rajya Sabha pay tribute to former EAM Sushma Swaraj. Naidu said, "In her untimely demise, the nation has lost an able administrator, an effective parliamentarian and a true voice of people."
WATCH | LK Advani, daughter Pratibha Advani break down at Sushma Swaraj's residence
Difficult to fill space left by Sushma Swaraj: J&K Governor mourns death
Satya Pal Malik, J&K Governor said, "Express grief over the sudden demise of former Union Minister and veteran political leader Sushma Swaraj. It's difficult to fill the space left by her. I pray for peace to departed soul and strength to the bereaved family in their hour of grief."
Haryana to observe 2-day state mourning
The Haryana government declared that the state will observe two-day mourning in honour of senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.
Sushma Swaraj played a big role in Israel-India relationship, says Israeli Ambassador
Ron Malka, Israeli Ambassador to India, paid homage to senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj. He said, "I convey my condolences on behalf of people and the state of Israel. It is a great loss. She was a great friend of Israel. She played a big role in the remarkable progress in Israel-India relationship."
Amit Shah pays tribute to Sushma Swaraj
Sonia Gandhi arrives in Sushma Swaraj's residence, pays homage
A sincere friend of Russia: Russian Ambassador on Sushma Swaraj
On Sushma Swaraj's death, Nikolay R Kudashev, Russian Ambassador to India, said, "With a feeling of deep sorrow, we came to know about premature passing away of Sushma Swaraj. Please accept my deepest condolences on this irreparable loss of your predecessor, India's outstanding politician and diplomat."
Kudashev also stated, "She was known in Russia as steadfast defender and promoter of India's international interests and its global power reputation. She was a sincere friend of Russia, contributing to strengthening our privileged strategic partnership. She'll always dwell in our hearts. May her soul rest in peace."
Manmohan Singh pays tribute to Sushma Swaraj
Will miss her presence immensely: LK Advani on Sushma Swaraj's death
BJP veteran LK Advani on Wednesday mourned the death of senior party leader Sushma Swaraj. Calling her one of his closest colleagues, Advani recalled that when he was the President of the BJP in the eighties, she was a promising young activist who he had inducted into the team.
"And over the years, she became one of the most popular and prominent leaders of our party -- in fact, a role model for women leaders," Advani said. He said he is deeply distressed at the "untimely demise of one of my closest colleagues, Sushma Swaraj".
Delhi govt declares 2-day mourning on BJP veteran's death
After the sudden demise of BJP veteran Sushma Swaraj, the Delhi government declared a two-day mourning in the national capital on Wednesday as a mark of respect.
The former External Affairs Minister passed away on Tuesday at AIIMS, Delhi after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 67.
Taking to Twitter, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tweeted, "Delhi govt will observe two days state mourning as a mark of respect in the memory of former Chief Minister & senior leader respected Sushma Swaraj ji."
Delhi govt will observe two days state mourning as a mark of respect in the memory of former Chief Minister & senior leader respected Sushma Swaraj ji— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) August 7, 2019
Condoling her death, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that India has lost a great leader. "India has lost a great leader. Sushma ji was a very warm and remarkable person. May her soul rest in peace," tweeted Kejriwal.
Sushma Swaraj: A fiery leader and a mother figure
Fiery, feisty and indefatigable, former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who died on Tuesday, was a leader who fit many roles in her long political leader. She might be remembered best for giving an all-new dimension to the role of foreign minister by being proactive in reaching out to Indians in distress in foreign lands. READ FULL STORY HERE
LK Advani reaches Sushma Swaraj's residence, pays tribute
Senior BJP leader LK Advani pays tributes to former EAM Sushma Swaraj at her residence. His daughter Pratibha Advani gets emotional as she meets Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri.
PM Modi pays homage to Sushma Swaraj
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to former External Affairs Minister and BJP veteran leader Sushma Swaraj.