Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away in Delhi following a cardiac arrest. She was admitted to AIIMS earlier yesterday. She was the first woman External Affairs Minister of India.
The 67-year-old leader, who had served her fourth term in Lok Sabha had long been her party’s most prominent woman face. She was the youngest Cabinet Minister at 25 when she joined the Haryana Government in 1977 and the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called her a prolific orator and an outstanding parliamentarian. "Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people."
Condoling her death, the President of India tweeted, "Extremely shocked to hear of the passing of Smt Sushma Swaraj. The country has lost a much loved leader who epitomised dignity, courage & integrity in public life. Ever willing to help others, she will always be remembered for her service to the people of India."
A star Minister during Modi Government's first stint, Sushma Swaraj did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and chose to sit out of the government this year on account of her health. She had a kidney transplant in 2016 and had opted out of contesting Lok Sabha polls earlier this year due to health reasons.
Sushma Swaraj was an important link between the government and the people. She gave the External Affairs Ministry a human face for the first time. She was the troubleshooter for any Indian stuck anywhere abroad.
Sushma Swaraj's body was taken to her home, Dhawan Deep Building, in Connaught Place, New Delhi. Her mortal remains will be kept at BJP headquarters for three hours (from 12 pm to 3 pm) today to let people pay tribute the politician. Her last rites will be performed at Lodhi crematorium, said BJP working president JP Nadda.