Latest updates: Sushma Swaraj to be cremated with full state honours today
New Delhi - Former Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night at AIIMS.
Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away on Tuesday night due to cardiac arrest, will be cremated on Wednesday at Lodhi road crematorium with full state honours.
Swaraj was admitted to All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) following a deterioration in her health. According to sources at AIIMS, the 67-year-old was feeling restless at 9 pm and reached the hospital at around 9:30 pm in an ambulance. A team of doctors tried to revive her for 70 to 80 minutes but failed in their attempt. Swaraj was declared dead at 10:50pm.
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"I was shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Sushma Swaraj. I have fond memories of my association with her when she was Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha," the former PM Manmohan Singh said in a statement.
"She was a leader of high esteem who was highly respected by everybody irrespective of party lines. She was a great parliamentarian and exceptionally talented Minister of the Union Government," he said.
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami, DMK President M.K.Stalin and other political leaders from the state condoled the death of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
In a statement, Palaniswami said as the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj extended help to Indians in overseas who were in trouble and also earned the goodwill of the youth by answering queries posted in the social media.
The DMK President M.K.Stalin in a tweet said that it was painful to hear the passing away of Sushma Swaraj who had scaled many heights in public life as a woman.
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BJP Working President Jagat Prakash Nadda termed Swaraj's demise as a sad incident for the whole country.
"Sushma Ji is no more with us, it is a sad incident for not only BJP but the whole country. She inspired us, her last tweet tells us how she was involved in serving the nation in an emotional way," he said.
"Her mortal remains will be kept at her residence for people to pay last respects. Around 12 pm tomorrow, her mortal remains will be brought to BJP headquarters. At 3 pm, she will be taken to Lodhi road crematorium, where her last rites will be performed with full state honours," the BJP leader said.
Union Minister and BJP leader Nitin Gadkari said the former minister played a key role in the party expansion.
"Passing away of Sushma ji is a personal loss for me, BJP, and the country. Since the inception of the party, she played a key role in its expansion. When I was the president of BJP, she gave me guidance like an elder sister," Gadkari told ANI.
Expressing condolence, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, "I am deeply saddened, I never thought Sushma ji will leave us so early. She loved and guided me as an elder sister for three decades. She had extraordinary personality & talent, she was a caring human."