Nation Bids Adieu To Sushma Swaraj (1952-2019)
New Delhi: The nation today bid farewell to one of its most distinguished political leaders Sushma Swaraj after she passed away at the AIIMS, New Delhi yesterday.
Hundreds of distinguished personalities and leaders cutting across party lines, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and veteran party leader L K Advani bade farewell and paid tributes to the veteran leader.
Swaraj (67), who also served as the Leader of Opposition and the first woman chief minister of Delhi, was given full state honours in presence of all the dignitaries. Her mortal remains were later consigned to flames at Lodhi Road crematorium.
The former External Affairs Minister and veteran BJP leader died following a cardiac arrest after she was brought to AIIMS in a critical condition, hospital sources said.
Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Prakash Javadekar and BJP Working President J.P. Nadda arrived at the hospital as they got the news.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Sushma Swaraj, who was External Affairs Minister in his first government, lauding her services in helping Indians abroad.
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
“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.
“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 said in a series of tweets.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh expressed his grief and tweeted:
Deeply shocked and anguished by the sudden demise of an extremely valued colleague Smt. Sushma Swaraj.
She was a seasoned Parliamentarian and widely respected cutting across the party lines. Her demise is a monumental loss for us.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 6, 2019
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind 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 #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 6, 2019
Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairperson M Venkaiah Naidu too twitter and write, ” Deeply shocked by the sudden demise of #SushmaSwaraj. Her death is a huge loss to the country & personal loss to me. She was an excellent administrator, outstanding Parliamentarian & a remarkable orator.
Deeply shocked by the sudden demise of Smt. Sushma Swaraj. Her death is a huge loss to the country & personal loss to me. She was an excellent administrator, outstanding Parliamentarian & a remarkable orator. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family members. #sushma
— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) August 6, 2019
Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted:
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।
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।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 6, 2019
BJP National VP Jay Panda expressed condolences over the death of Sushma Swaraj and tweeted:
Shocked & terribly saddened at #SushmaSwaraj Ji’s passing. She had not been keeping well, but this is all too sudden.
She was an icon, a role model for millions & a senior to whom I looked up.
Her last tweet a few hours ago had cherished seeing history made today.
— Baijayant Jay Panda (@PandaJay) August 6, 2019
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan condoled the demise of Sushma Swaraj and tweets:
Still cannot believe the sudden demise of Smt. Sushma Swaraj Ji. An elder sister, a stalwart and a tall stateswoman, her demise is a personal loss for me. Nation has lost a fine human being and a tall leader. The void left by her demise will never be filled.
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) August 6, 2019
Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweeted:
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.
My condolences to her family in this hour of grief.
May her soul rest in peace.
Om Shanti 🙏
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2019
Meanwhile, BJP Working President Jagat Prakash Nadd informed that Sushma Swaraj’s mortal remains will be kept at her residence for people to pay last respects and at around 12 PM toay, her mortal remains will be brought to BJP Head Quarters. At 3 PM, she will be taken to Lodhi road crematorium, where her last rites will be performed with full state honours