Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj passed away at the age of 67 on Tuesday. Swaraj, who had served as External Affairs Minister from 2014 to 2019, reportedly suffered a heart attack and was admitted to Delhi's AIIMS. She had declined to contest this year's Lok Sabha elections citing health issues. Swaraj had undergone a kidney transplant at AIIMS in 2016.
Hours before her death, Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Centre's decision to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution. "I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime," she said in a tweet. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, "It took decades for the historic mistake to be rectified."
Current External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said he was deeply shocked to learn about the demise of his predecessor Sushma Swaraj, adding that it was difficult to accept this news. "The whole nation grieves, the Foreign Ministry even more so," Jaishankar tweeted. Home Minister Shah wrote on Twitter, "A sharp orator, an ideal worker, a beloved people's leader and a hard-working minister, she has left an indelible mark on Indian politics through her many roles."
"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," tweeted Narendra Modi.