Sushma Swaraj, former foreign minister and a senior BJP leader admired across political lines, died on Tuesday evening after a cardiac arrest. She will be cremated with state honours in Delhi this afternoon. “A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who became emotional as he visited her home this morning and spoke with her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri. In tweets, the PM described her death as a “personal loss” and wrote: “India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor.”
Sushma Swaraj, 67, had been unwell for some time and had opted out of contesting the election earlier this year.
She was taken around 9 pm to Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where several BJP leaders and ministers gathered after the news started trickling in.
A former Supreme Court lawyer, Sushma Swaraj was among the top ministers in PM Modi’s cabinet in his first term, which ended in May.
Three years ago, she had a kidney transplant and had since drastically reduced her public engagements.
Hours before her death, Ms Swaraj had, in what would be her last tweet, congratulated PM Modi for the move to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir and reorganise the state into two union territories.
“Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime,” she had tweeted.Source:News