New Delhi : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here a little while ago on Tuesday. She was 67.
She was admitted to AIIMS earlier today after suffering a cardiac arrest.
AIIMS sources said, the senior BJP leader was brought to the hospital around 9:30 last evening. They said, a team of doctors attended to her but could not revive her.
The BJP leader had a kidney transplant in 2016 and had opted out of contesting Lok Sabha polls earlier this year for health reasons.
Just three hours before her death, Sushma Swaraj praised PM Narendra Modi for the centre’s move on Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
प्रधान मंत्री जी – आपका हार्दिक अभिनन्दन. मैं अपने जीवन में इस दिन को देखने की प्रतीक्षा कर रही थी. @narendramodi ji – Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 6, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President and Home Minister Amit Shah, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and several other leaders have expressed condolence over the demise of Sushma Swaraj.
Swaraj served as the Minister of External Affairs of India from 26 May 2014 to 30 May 2019. She was elected seven times as a member of parliament and three times as a member of the legislative assembly. She also served as 5th Chief Minister of Delhi for a short duration in 1998.