Sushma Swaraj, who took diplomacy to the people, passes away
NEW DELHI: Senior BJP leader and former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj passed away after a massive cardiac arrest here late on Tuesday evening. She was 67.
The popular politician, who made the foreign ministry accessible through social media, had health complications arising from diabetes, but was not suffering from any immediate health emergency. She underwent a kidney transplant in 2016 and despite a few spells of hospitalisation, was understood to be getting better.
Sources said Swaraj was doing well till afternoon but around 9.30pm, she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. She was rushed to AIIMS at 9.45pm. However, Swaraj couldn’t be revived. “She is no more,” AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria confirmed to TOI at 11pm.
An acute diabetic, the BJP leader had tweeted about her kidney failure in 2016. She was admitted to AIIMS on November 7. After she made public her health condition on social media, several people offered their kidneys to her.
There was an outpouring of condolences, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeting, “India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service ... Sushma Swaraj ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people.”
BJP president Amit Shah condoled her death and called it an "irreparable" loss. He recalled her role as leader of opposition in Lok Sabha, saying she was a "forceful voice of BJP" in the House. “A powerful orator, she left an indelible mark as a popular leader,” he added.
Swaraj’s long-term colleague and former finance minister Arun Jaitley said he was “saddened, pained and broken on demise of Sushmaji”. “She was one of the most outstanding politicians in the present era. She distinguished in all positions. She leaves behind a void which is difficult to fill,” he added.
Other BJP leaders and those from the opposition expressed shock and grief. President Ram Nath Kovind also offered his condolences.
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Shri•3 hours ago
Sankaranarayanan Parasuraman•3 hours ago
Very sad day in Indian politics, She is the best Foreign minister ever had, Total dedication to work. One of the great leaders India has ever produced.
Jiwa•Bengaluru•3 hours ago
Thank You Sushmajee for being with us and working for the common people in its true sense
Anshi•3 hours ago
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Well•3 hours ago
True leader connected to people.. Will be remembered for her honesty and humble nature who worked for nation in most committed manner.
HappyTimes User•3 hours ago
she was a very presentative leader. She was present her views in directly ways. But i was not know about the death of sushma swaraj . India is in flow of sadness of her death .
Gururaj Narayan•Bengaluru•3 hours ago
sushma Swaraj was the greatest External Affairs Minister of India since independence. But, she took her responsibility to the people, respondended to the distressed Indians stranded abroad. She was a successful lawyer, a great politician, humane, smart, thinking on her feet. In an age of corruption, she maintained her sterling character. She was well known for her smart and apt responses in the United Nations. Her illness deprived India of her sterling personality and service. Her death is truly a loss, not a euphemism as in the case of other politicians.
Ashok•3 hours ago
Unfortunate and unbelievable incidend. India lost one of the best leader. May her soul be in peace.
Gdp•3 hours ago
You were a tireless politician and a good soul. We admire ur deeds. You will be cherished and remembered for many many years to come.
Avtaar•3 hours ago
She was truly a PM candidate...now gone...
Anoop•3 hours ago
Sushma ji is with us in our hearts...
Ritesh Sahu•3 hours ago
RIP Sushma ji. You have done wonders for the country tirelessly. People will always remember you. Thanks a lot
Raja•3 hours ago
May his soul rest in peace. Deep condolences. Bharat lost his brave women.
Sukumaran P•3 hours ago
What a leader Sushmaji was! True inspiration to the nation and especially women.
Yuvei•3 hours ago
My Deepest condolences. May Her Soul Rest In Peace.
Sheela•3 hours ago
A great human being.A strong and compassionate woman who will always remain a role model to many Indian women.Always clad in traditional attire she had proved that real empowerment is an inner strength and not defying culture. as the External Affairs minister she had made India proud.
Dhandapani V•Thane•4 hours ago
May her soul rests at the feet of Lord Shiva.,She set a new bench mark in the ministry of external affairs ministry.
Ramesh B•4 hours ago
One of the most admired, sisterly, non controversial, commoners political leader the country has ever seen since independence.. loved equally even by the party opposition ranks.. never faltered in her commitment, point of views on various issues, language, aptitude to learn different languages (especially Kannada) for easy communication,.adept in handling various portfolios.. greed for power was unheard of.. very sad about her demise and unbelievable.. the greatest tribute all the fellow politicians can pay could if they (irrespective of party lines) try to imbibe atleast one-tenth of her qualities of dignity, social behaviour, language, oratory.. R.I.P..
Salman•4 hours ago
Deep condolences to the only human face in BJP Smt. Sushamaji.
Sulai9211 Khan•DUBAI•4 hours ago
Very sad news! Sushma Swaraji’s death has left a void in Indian politics and government. One of the lost affable and efficient Ministers ever. She redifined the role of an EAM.She was a like a mother to laks of NRI’s in distress. May you rest in eternal peace madam! You will be missed dearly!