Indian politician and Supreme court lawyer Sushma Swaraj passed away of cardiac arrest on August 6, 2019 at the age of 67. Swaraj had undergone a kidney transplant in 2016 and had opted out of the Lok Sabha polls earlier in 2019 citing health issues. The senior BJP leader was brought to AIIMS around 9:30 pm and was taken to the emergency ward. The doctors at AIIMS said that she passed away of cardiac arrest.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a series of Tweets said, “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”. Many of the senior ministers including Smriti Irani, Rajnath Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Prakash Javadekar had reached AIIMS after she was admitted to the hospital.
In the evening, Swaraj had posted a Tweet while congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Centre’s move for a special status for Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the border state on to two Union Territories. The BJP leader had written, “Narendra Modi ji – Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime”.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh expressed that he was deeply shocked and anguished over the sudden demise of an extremely valued colleague. Opposition party Congress also condoled her demise. The party said, “We are saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Our condolences to her family and loved ones”. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also expressed his grief and called Swaraj an extraordinary political leader, gifted orator and an exceptional parliamentarian. Sushma Swaraj is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri. Not many had known that Swaraj had practiced as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India in 1973.
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