Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night in New Delhi; She was 67.

Several senior ministers, including Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, reached AIIMS after she was admitted to the hospital.Sushma Swaraj had a kidney transplant in 2016 and had opted out of contesting Lok Sabha polls earlier this year for health reasons.

In his condolence message, President Kovind said, he is extremely shocked to hear of the passing of Sushma Swaraj. He said, the country has lost a much loved leader who epitomized dignity, courage and integrity in public life. 

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu said, death of Sushma Swaraj is a huge loss to the country and personal loss to him.Prime Minister Modi condoled the demise of Sushma Swaraj, saying a glorious chapter in Indian politics had come to an end. He described her demise as a personal loss. 

The Prime Minister said, Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people. Mr Modi said, his thoughts are with her family, supporters and admirers in this very unfortunate hour.  BJP President Amit Shah said, Sushma Swaraj’s death is an irreparable loss to the BJP and Indian Politics.

Around 11 AM today, her mortal remains will be brought to BJP Headquarters to pay last respects. After that at 3 PM, her mortal remains will be taken to Lodhi Road Crematorium, where her last rites will be performed with full State honours.She is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri.


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