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Former External Affairs Minister & Veteran BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, Passes Away
Sushma Swaraj was rushed to the hospital by her family after she was taken ill.
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- August 07, 2019 09:11 IST
New Delhi: The former Union Minister and veteran leader of BJP Sushma Swaraj, left the nation in grief. The beloved leader passed away at the age of 67. Ms Swaraj was one of the most respected leaders of the ruling BJP and will perhaps be best remembered for her tenure as External Affairs Minister till earlier this year. She died at Delhi's AIIMS hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest.
In 2016, she had a kidney transplant and had opted out of contesting Lok Sabha polls earlier this year for health reasons. While she was seen at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in for his second term in May this year, speculation about whether she would be minister again ended when she sat in the audience.
"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," PM Modi tweeted.
During her time as External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj gained massive admiration for her responsiveness and compassion. She was quick to respond to Indians stranded in conflict zones to foreigners requesting urgent visas for medical treatment, she became a beacon of hope on social media. Her sparkling oratory - in parliament and on the international stage - won her admiration across political lines.
Many prominent leaders posted their tributes for the late leaders. On Tuesday, after her death, Rahul Gandhi tweeted: "I'm shocked to hear about the demise of Sushma Swaraj Ji, an extraordinary political leader, a gifted orator and an exceptional Parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines. My condolences to her family in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace."
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Sushma Swaraj was born in Haryana in 1953 and studied law. She later went on to practice as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India. She began her political career with the student wing of the RSS and joined the BJP after the 1975-77 Emergency.
The former Union Minister was youngest cabinet minister in the Haryana government, first woman chief minister of Delhi and the first woman spokesperson for a national political party in the country.
Sushma Swaraj is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal, a former Mizoram Governor, and daughter Bansuri Swaraj.
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