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Sushma Swaraj passed away

07 August, 2019

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NEW DELHI: Former Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday, according the Indian media. According to India Today, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader passed away “after suffering a heart attack in the evening”. She was hospitalised at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

The then senior most BJP woman leader, Swaraj became India’s external affairs minister in 2014. She did not participate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections owing to health concerns, India Today reported, describing her as a “star minister” during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first term.

Modi termed her demise “a personal loss”. “She will be remembered fondly for everything that she’s done for India. My thoughts are with her family, supporters and admirers in this very unfortunate hour,” he said.

India’s Congress party also extended its condolences on Swaraj’s demise. “We are saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Our condolences to her family and loved ones,” the party’s official Twitter account said.

Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, too, offered his condolences to the deceased minister’s family, saying that he would “miss Twitter melee with her”. He went on say that Swaraj “was a giant in her own right”.

In a series of tweets to pay tribute to Swaraj, Modi described her as “a prolific orator and outstanding parliamentarian”.

“She was admired and revered across party lines. She was uncompromising when it came to matters of ideology and interests of the BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to,” he wrote.

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