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Sushma Swaraj’s Funeral Updates: Leaders pay tributes to veteran leader at BJP headquarters, last rites at 4 pm

 

Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passed away late Tuesday night after a cardiac arrest. Swaraj was rushed to AIIMS, New Delhi, where she was declared dead. Former External Affairs Minister’s mortal remains were brought to BJP headquarters on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Marg after 12 pm.

Condoling the death of late BJP leader, Delhi and Haryana governments have declared a two-day state mourning as a mark of respect to Sushma Swaraj.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav were among those who paid their last respects to former union minister Sushma Swaraj.

Swaraj, who was India’s first full-time woman foreign minister, extended a helping hand to many Indians in distress abroad. She was known as one of the most accessible ministers in the first term of the Narendra Modi government.

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‘She was happy with the recent historic development in the nation’: RSS

‘She was happy with the recent historic development in the nation, as she expressed before she left us. We express condolences to her family in this moment of grief,’ Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh expresses grief.

2:30 pm IST

Statement on the Passing of Sushma Swaraj: U.S. Embassy, New Dehli

‘Today, the U.S. Mission to India mourns the passing of Sushma Swaraj. Minister Swaraj was greatly respected and viewed as an outstanding representative of the Indian people, both at home and abroad. She was a steadfast advocate for her compatriots. As External Affairs Minister, she was a key partner in strengthening the U.S.-India bilateral relationship, most prominently during the inaugural 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in September 2018. We will always consider her a friend of the United States. Our sympathies go out to Minister Swaraj’s family and friends, as well as to all Indians who were positively affected by her life and actions,’: U.S. Embassy, New Dehli

2:10 pm IST

We called her ‘didi’, today she is no more with us: Jaya Prada, BJP

‘We called her ‘didi’ and today she is no more with us. She was a mother, a sister, a huge politician & a great orator as well. She did a lot for the country, especially for the poor. We have lost a great, honest & a remarkable leader,’ says BJP’s Jaya Prada.

01:36 pm IST

Sushma Swaraj was an elder sister to me: Harish Salve, Senior Advocate

Harish Salve, Senior Advocate: “For me, Sushma Swaraj was an elder sister. I was simply stunned yesterday on hearing about her demise. At 8:45 pm I had a talk with her. She said ‘you have to come & take your fees of Rs1 for Jadhav case’. Just 10 minutes post that, she had cardiac arrest.”

01:26 pm IST

Sushma Swaraj was exceptionally talented: Manmohan Singh

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the death of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, saying she was a great parliamentarian and an exceptionally talented Minister.

“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 Prime Minister said in a statement here.

“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.

Manmohan Singh said in her death, the country had lost a respected and dedicated leader, reports news agency IANS.

01:24 pm IST

Sushma Swaraj to Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Leaders BJP lost in a year

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost many of its stalwarts, founding members and senior leaders, including Sushma Swaraj, in the last year.

While some of them had retired from active politics, a few died while in office. Read here the leaders that the BJP lost in a year’s time.

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Leaders pay tributes to Sushma Swaraj at BJP headquarters

BJP President Amit Shah and BJP Working President JP Nadda pay tribute to Sushma Swaraj at BJP headquarters.

12:41 pm IST

Sushma Swaraj’s body being shifted to BJP headquarters

The mortal remains of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj is being shifted to the party headquarters on Wednesday, after being kept at her residence since the previous night.

The body will be kept at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in the heart of the capital for public to pay homage till 3 pm. It will be later taken to the Lodhi crematorium for the last rites.

12:40 pm IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die

The Rajya Sabha was on Wednesday adjourned sine die after witnessing record business during the session with the Upper House passing 32 bills as against 35 in the Lok Sabha.

In his valedictory address, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu hailed the cooperation between the treasury and the opposition benches and said negative coverage of the proceedings has almost vanished for the time being.

2:33 pm IST

Chinese Ambassador to India the death of Sushma Swaraj

Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong condoles the death of late BJP leader and says, “Sad to learn about the passing away of Sushma Swaraj, former Minister of External Affairs of India. Appreciate her contributions to China-India relations. Express my deep condolences to her family,” reports news agency ANI.

12:23 pm IST

Nation loses two former leaders in less than a year

With Sushma Swaraj’s demise, nation loses two former leaders in less than a year. In this December 23, 2003 file photo, then prime minister A B Vajpayee being offered sweets by then parliamentary affairs minister Sushma Swaraj during the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi. BJP leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at the age of 67 on Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 after suffering from a cardiac arrest. A B Vajpayee passed away at AIIMS, New Delhi, on 16 August, 2018 at the age of 93 due to prolonged illness.

From the archives: Sushma Swaraj being sworn in as Delhi CM

In this December 10,1998 file photo, Sushma Swaraj is being sworn in as chief minister of Delhi by then Lt. Governor Vijay Kapoor at Raj Bhavan in New Delhi. BJP leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at the age of 67 on Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019 after suffering from a cardiac arrest.

File photo: Sushma Swaraj being sworn in as chief minister of Delhi by then Lt. Governor Vijay Kapoor at Raj Bhavan in New Delhi in 1998. ( PTI Photo )
12:09 am IST

Sushma Swaraj’s mortal remains to be carried in hearse van

Sushma Swaraj’s mortal remains will be carried in hearse van from her residence to the BJP headquarters.

12:02 pm IST

Amit Shah, J P Nadda review preparations at BJP Headquarters

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP Working President J P Nadda and other leaders review preparations, before the mortal remains of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj being brought to BJP Headquarters, in New Delhi on Wednesday.

11:58 am IST

Lok Sabha Speaker,Om Birla, condoles death of Sushma Swaraj

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla: Sushma Swaraj ji was an ambassador of the Indian culture. She understood everyone’s problems and served them. We are standing with her family.

11:52 am IST

Uttarakhand CM: Huge loss for the nation

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat: Extremely sad over the sudden demise of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. It’s a huge loss for the nation. I pay tributes. We have declared state mourning today, reports news agency ANI.

11:40 am IST

Parliamentarians observe silence during an obituary reference of Sushma Swaraj

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other parliamentarians observe silence during an obituary reference of former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in the Rajya Sabha, during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday.

11:36 am IST

Smriti Irani’s moving post on Sushma Swaraj talks of an ‘unfulfilled promise’

Smriti Irani posted an emotional message on Twitter after former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj died following a massive heart attack. “I have an axe to grind with you Didi. You made Bansuri pick a restaurant to take me for a celebratory lunch. You left without fulfilling your promise to the two of us,” Smriti Irani tweeted on Tuesday referring to Sushma Swaraj’s daughter.

On Wednesday, the Union minister for textiles and women and child development called Swaraj an inspiration to a large number of women workers.

“A motivation of numerous women activists, Didi’s sudden death has shocked us all. Today, I sympathise with her mourning family. If we dedicate our lives to the upliftment of women as an activist, it will be a true tribute to Didi,” Smriti Irani also tweeted about her former cabinet colleague.

BS Yediyurappa paid last respects to Sushma Swaraj

Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa paid last respects to former Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj, at her residence in Delhi, today.

RS Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu: Nation has lost an able administrator

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and members of the House pay tribute to the late BJP leader Sushma Swaraj. M Venkaiah Naidu says, “In her untimely demise, the nation has lost an able administrator, an effective parliamentarian and a true voice of people.”

11:03 am IST

Rahul Gandhi pays last respects to Sushma Swaraj, meets family

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi pays last respects to former External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj. He expressed grief and met the family of the veteran leader.

10:57 am IST

Sonia Gandhi pays homage to Sushma Swaraj

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi pays last respects to former External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.

10:57 am IST

Amit Shah pays last respects to late BJP leader

Union Home Minister Amit Shah pays last respects to former External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.

Israeli Ambassador to India, Ron Malka pays last respects to Sushma Swaraj

Israeli Ambassador to India, Ron Malka pays last respects to Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi.

Ron Malka on the demise of former EAM Sushma Swaraj, says: I convey my condolences on behalf of people & the state of Israel. It is a great loss.She was a great friend of Israel. She played a big role in the remarkable progress in Israel-India relationship.

10:45 am IST

Bollywood condoles death of a ‘fierce leader’, ‘great orator’

Condolences continued to pour in from Bollywood celebrities for former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj who breathed her last after a cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan expressing grief wrote, “A highly saddening news. An impactful politician, friendly personality, a great orator.”

Actor Akshay Kumar called Sushma Swaraj a “dynamic leader”.

“Extremely sad to hear about the passing away of Sushma Swaraj ji…she was such a dynamic leader, someone who was unanimously admired and respected by all. My thoughts and prayers with her family. May her soul rest in peace,” Akshay tweeted.

Singers Lata Manageshkar and Asha Bhosle also paid their respects to the late politician in their tweets.

“Sushmaji..we will miss you dearly,” Asha tweeted.

While Manageshkar tweeted, “Deeply shocked and saddened to hear about Sushma Swaraj ji’s sudden demise. A graceful and honest leader, a sensitive and selfless soul, a keen understanding of music and poetry and a dear friend. Our former external minister will be remembered fondly.”