One of the most iconic names in Indian political history, former Foreign Minister Shrimati Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday after suffering a sudden heart attack. She was 67. She was admitted in the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at 10.15 PM and the doctors confirmed the news of her demise an hour later.
Owing to some of her health concerns and the kidney transplant which happened in 2016, she decided to not contest in the Lok Sabha elections this year but has been actively tweeting about the later happenings in the country. She even tweeted a few hours before her passing appreciating the Central government after the scrapping of section 370 from the Indian constitution.
At a very young age of 25, she became the youngest cabinet minister of Haryana and her political career had many iconic moments later on. She was also termed India’s most-loved politician by the US Daily Wall Street Journal for her remarkable work as the External affairs minister from 2014 to 2019. She was also the second woman since the legendary Indira Gandhi to hold the External affairs post.
Earned fame as the CM of Delhi
She began to earn fame throughout the country during her tenure as the chief minister of Delhi. She was the first female to do so. She also worked profusely with another iconic name from the Bharatiya Janata Party, Late Atal Bihari Vajpayee. She worked as the leader of the opposition on many occasions during the term of Indian National Congress.
On 19 February 2019, Ms. Swaraj accepted the prestigious Grand Cross of Order of Civil Merit, which was conferred by the Spanish government in recognition of India’s support in evacuating its citizens from Nepal during the earthquake in 2015. This was the period when she was beginning to gain global recognition for her remarkable works and was beginning to win the hearts of many Indians, regardless of which party they supported.
Doctors suggested the former cabinet minister to not pursue another term as a minister or an MP as she had to save herself from dust and stay safe from infection. The news of her sudden demise sent shockwaves across the country and moved the cricketing fraternity as well.
Here is how the cricketing world reacted to her untimely passing
Oh dear! Too young to go. Loved her feisty attitude. She did well for India. #SushmaSwaraj
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 6, 2019
One of the most loved and respected leaders in recent times. Your outstanding service to the people of India and your leadership will be dearly missed. #RIP #SushmaSwaraj ji 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/h7cHmvoM9p
— Pragyan Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) August 6, 2019
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 6, 2019
Sad to hear about the passing away of #SushmaSwaraj ji . Deepest condolences to her family and supporters . Om Shanti 🙏🏼
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 6, 2019
Saddened and shocked to hear about the passing away of Sushma Swaraj ji ! May she rest in peace . Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/E5400w9BSW
— Mithun Manhas 🇮🇳 (@MithunManhas) August 6, 2019
I'm beyond aggrieved at the passing away of Smt. #SushmaSwaraj A veteran politician and a pillar of the BJP, she was loved by everyone. She will be remembered as the most endearing & helpful politicians of recent times. My condolences to her family and friends. A huge loss for 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/JdI0vPxRJP
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 6, 2019
One of my favourite politicians…..lots to admire. Heartfelt condolences. Huge loss. Rest in peace…. 😔 #sushmaswaraj
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 6, 2019
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 6, 2019
RIP @SushmaSwaraj 🙏
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 6, 2019
Gone too soon, a lady who chose to work day in and out for the progress of the nation. We needed more of you Sushma Ji 🙏 @SushmaSwaraj
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) August 6, 2019
Deepest condolences to the family RIP #SushmaSwaraj
— Ajit Agarkar (@imAagarkar) August 6, 2019
Shocked to hear that #SushmaSwaraj ji is no more. She was one of the few politicians who was admired equally across all parties and she made a big difference in the lives of many people. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/X9TR1es4oc
— Parvinder Awana (@ParvinderAwana) August 6, 2019
RIP #SushmaSwaraj ji !! Your contribution will stay on and be remembered for a long time.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) August 7, 2019
Saddened to hear about the passing of #SushmaSwaraj. Her contribution & dedication towards the nation and its people won't be forgotten. Rest in peace. 🙏
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) August 7, 2019
RIP #SushmaSwarajji 🙏
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 7, 2019
— Sreesanth (@sreesanth36) August 7, 2019
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) August 7, 2019
Deeply saddned to hear about the sudden demise of #sushmaswaraj ji. Heartfelt condolences to the family. Will always remember Sushma Ji for her kindness and honesty. She was truly a loved leader.
— Mohammed Azharuddin (@azharflicks) August 6, 2019
My heartfelt condolence on the sudden demise of #SushmaSwaraj ji. May her soul rest in eternal peace 🙏
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 6, 2019
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) August 6, 2019
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