Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passes away

07 Août, 2019, 00:23 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Just hours before her death veteran BJP leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted thanking Prime Minister Modi after Parliament scrapped Article 370 which provided for special status of Jammu and Kashmir

Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passed away Tuesday night after being admitted to AIIMS in a critical condition.

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 overseas. Her family members and BJP leaders Dr Harshvardhan and Nitin Gadkari had been present at AIIMS at the time of her death.

Sushma Swaraj, India's former external affairs minister and a senior member of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has died at the age of 67.

In 1998 she was re-elected to the Lok Sabha before resigning her seat to become the first woman chief minister of Delhi, a position she held for less than two months.

A politician who was respected across party lines, Swaraj was aptly called the crusading "Supermom" of India by the Washinton Post for solving the problems of distressed Indians around the world. I am no longer a 19 year old. She played a key role in bettering India's ties with various nations. "Om Shanti", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet. The speculations about her health had particularly intensified when she was late as compared to other politicians in arriving at the swearing in ceremony of the new government earlier this year. She was only the second woman to be the External Affairs Minister after Indira Gandhi. She is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri.

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"She was uncompromising when it came to matters of ideology and interests of the BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to".

"Extremely shocked to hear of the passing of Smt Sushma Swaraj".

Swaraj was elected to the Parliament seven times. "Our condolences to her family and loved ones", the party's official Twitter account said.

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. "May her soul rest in peace", he wrote.

The former foreign minister was known to promptly help out those who reached out to her on Twitter. He went on say that Swaraj "was a giant in her own right".


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