BJP leader recalls Sushma’s association with Karnataka
The sudden death of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, BJP leader remembering that she was long association with Karnataka and Kannada language, the BJP speaker said, 'Sushmaji shot into to fame in Karnataka when she contested against then Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the October 1999 mid-term Lok Sabha elections from Ballari in the State’s northwest region. Though she lost the election, she won the hearts of the people with her graceful conduct and decent campaign'.
The party’s three-time legislative council member Madhusudan recalled that “Sushma was among the political leaders of the Jan Sangh party who were lodged in the jail along with our party’s stalwarts Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani, Madhu Dandavate and others in the Emergency era. She learned to speak Kannada during her stay in the jail so well that she not only remembered it since then but also campaigned effectively in the local language to connect with the locals,” he expressed.
He also said, “Sushma was also one of the party’s national leaders who campaigned across Karnataka during the general elections since March 1977, as she was popular and fluent in Kannada, to speak and as a symbol of Indian women and their traditions,” he said.
As well as JD(S) chief HD Deve Gowda also tweeted “May God give her family courage to bear the pain.”