New Delhi — India’s former Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at the age of 67 on Tuesday afternoon following a cardiac arrest at AIIMS Delhi.
Swaraj was born on February 14 1953 in Ambala Cnatt in north-Indian state of Haryana. She studied law at Punjab University, Chandigarh, and started as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Indian in 1973.
She became youngest cabinet minister of Haryana in 1977 when she was only 25 years old. She later became fifth Chief Minister of Delhi from October 13 1998 till December 3 1998.
She tweeted some hours ago thanking and praising Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, that she has been waiting to see “this day” in her lifetime, referring to the abolition of Article 370 in 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
She was famous for her instant responses on Twitter specially in dealing with foreign labor issues, and her opponents praised her for her services.
She was the first Indian Foreign Minister to be invited in OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) Summit 2019.
President of India, Ramnath Kovind tweeted about her, describing her as the “much loved leader”.
Extremely shocked to hear of the passing of Smt Sushma Swaraj. The country has lost a much loved leader who epitomised dignity, courage & integrity in public life. Ever willing to help others, she will always be remembered for her service to the people of India #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 6, 2019
Former president of opposition party Rahul Gandhi described her as as “extra ordinary political leader”.
I’m shocked to hear about the demise of Sushma Swaraj Ji, an extraordinary political leader, a gifted orator & an exceptional Parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2019
My condolences to her family in this hour of grief.
May her soul rest in peace.
Om Shanti 🙏