Sushma Swaraj, 67, has died (File Photo)
Former Foreign Minister and one of BJP's tallest leaders Sushma Swaraj has died after she was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi. Sources say Ms Swaraj was rushed to hospital by her family after she was taken ill. Sushma Swaraj, 67, had not been keeping well lately, which is why she had not contested the Lok Sabha polls months earlier.
PM Modi, remembering the former Foreign Affairs minister, tweeted that "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," the PM tweeted.
The prime minister said Sushma Swaraj was a prolific orator and outstanding Parliamentarian. "She was admired and revered across party lines. She was uncompromising when it came to matters of ideology and interests of the BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to," the PM added.
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Sushma Swaraj's body was taken to her Delhi residence after she died at AIIMS hospital late Tuesday night.
Her body will be kept at the BJP headquarters in Delhi from 12 pm - 3 pm for people to pay respects today after which it will be taken to Lodhi Crematorium for the last rites.
Sushma Swaraj to have her last rites conducted with full state honours today
Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who died on Tuesday night due to cardiac arrest, will have her last rites conducted today at Lodhi road crematorium with full state honours, BJP Working President Jagat Prakash Nadda was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Ms Swaraj was admitted to All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) following a deterioration in her health.
According to sources at AIIMS, the 67-year-old was feeling restless at 9 pm and reached the hospital at around 9:30 pm in an ambulance. A team of doctors tried to revive her for 70 to 80 minutes but failed in their attempt. Ms Swaraj was declared dead at 10:50 pm, according to ANI.
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Sushma Swaraj, whose death on Tuesday left the nation in grief, was one of the most respected leaders of the ruling BJP and will perhaps be best remembered for her tenure as External Affairs Minister till earlier this year. She died at Delhi's AIIMS hospital after being brought there by her family at around 10 pm. She was 67.
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Sushma Swaraj, former foreign minister and one of the BJP's tallest leaders who was respected across party lines, has died, Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences said late this evening. A number of her party colleagues and ministers have already reached the premier hospital. Among the first to arrive were Nitin Gadkari, Dr Harshvardhan, Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani.
Sushma Swaraj Dead: "Epitomised dignity, courage & intergrity in public life," tweets President Ram Nath Kovind
"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," tweeted President Ram Nath Kovind.
Sushma Swaraj Death: "The whole nation grieves, the Foreign Ministry even more so," tweets foreign minister Dr S Jaishankar
"Deeply shocked to learn of the passing away of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Difficult to accept this news. The whole nation grieves, the Foreign Ministry even more so," tweeted Sushma Swaraj's successor, foreign minister Dr S Jaishankar.
Sushma Swaraj Dead: "Saddened, pained & broken on demise of Sushmaji," tweets Arun Jaitley
"Saddened, pained & broken on demise of Sushmaji. She was one of the most outstanding politicians in the Present Era. She distinguished in all positions. She held Senior Positions with the Party, NDA Govt. & while in opposition. She leaves behind a void which is difficult to fill," tweeted Sushma Swaraj's colleague and former finance minister Arun Jaitley.
Sushma Swaraj Death: "Her stellar work will be looked upon as an exemplary model of governance," tweets Chandrababu Naidu
"Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Ji. Her contribution to the nation in various leadership roles will never be forgotten. Her stellar work as MEA will be looked upon as an exemplary model of governance. I pray God to give strength to the family," tweeted N Chandrababu Naidu.
Sushma Swaraj Dead: "An outstanding politician, leader, good human being," tweets Mamata Banerjee
"Deeply saddened, shocked at the sudden passing away of Sushma Swaraj Ji.I knew her since the 1990s.Even though our ideologies differed, we shared many cordial times in Parliament. An outstanding politician, leader, good human being.Will miss her.Condolences to her family/admirers," tweets Mamata Banerjee.
Sushma Swaraj Dies: "Absolutely shocked," tweets Congress's Manish Tewari
"Absolutely shocked to hear about the passing away of stalwart leader Smt.#SushmaSwaraj! The nation will miss her effervescence, warmth and unmissable receptiveness as a leader," tweeted Manish Tewari.
Sushma Swaraj Dies: "Deeply shocked," tweets Congress's Siddaramaiah
"Deeply shocked to know that former Foreign minister Smt. @SushmaSwaraj is no more. My condolences to her closed ones & well-wishers. May her soul rest in peace," tweeted Congress leader Siddaramaiah.
Sushma Swaraj Death: "Deeply saddened," HD Deve Gowda tweets his condolences
"I am deeply saddened by the sad demise of Former Union Minister, ex-CM of Delhi @SushmaSwaraj ji. A loss to our Nation. May God give her family the courage to bear this pain," tweeted HD Deve Gowda.
Sushma Swaraj Dies: "Extremely shocked & deeply saddened," tweets Hardeep Singh Puri
"Extremely shocked & deeply saddened at the sudden & untimely demise of our senior leader & former EAM, Smt Sushma Swaraj Ji. My heartfelt condolences to her family & friends. Om Shanti," tweeted minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
"An extraordinary parliamentarian," Rahul Gandhi tweets his condolences
"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," Congress's Rahul Gandhi tweeted. "My condolences to her family in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti," he said in the tweet.
Sushma Swaraj Dies: "Respected across party lines," tweets Rajnath Singh
"Deeply shocked and anguished by the sudden demise of an extremely valued colleague Smt. Sushma Swaraj," tweeted Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. "She was a seasoned Parliamentarian and widely respected cutting across the party lines. Her demise is a monumental loss for us," he added.
Sushma Swaraj Dies: "The country has lost a statesman who went beyond political lines," tweets Aaditya Thackeray
"The demise of Sushma Swaraj ji is a huge loss to the nation. Her last 10 years, first as LoP and then as EAM were as inspirational as her rise in politics of the early days. The country has lost a statesman who went beyond political lines," tweeted Aaditya Thackeray.
Prahlad Patel, Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal and Nitin Gadkari were some of the BJP leaders by her side
Union ministers Prahlad Patel, Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal and Nitin Gadkari were some of the top BJP leaders who rushed to the hospital after receiving news of Sushma Swaraj's death.
Sushma Swaraj Dead: "You left without fulfilling your promise," tweets Smriti Irani
"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," tweeted Smriti Irani.
Sushma Swaraj Dies: "She would always call me 'Sharad Bhau'" tweets NCP chief Sharad Pawar
"Shocked to hear about the sad demise of Sushmaji Swaraj. She would always call me 'Sharad Bhau'. We've lost a great statesman, eloquent orator, efficient administrator, fellow parliamentarian and above all a kind hearted person," NCP chief Sharad Pawar tweeted.
Sushma Swaraj Death: "We are saddened," tweets Congress on Sushma Swaraj's death
"We are saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Our condolences to her family and loved ones," tweets Congress.
Sushma Swaraj Death: "Sushma ji was a prolific orator," tweets PM Modi
"Sushma Ji was a prolific orator and outstanding Parliamentarian. She was admired and revered across party lines," tweeted PM Modi. "She was uncompromising when it came to matters of ideology and interests of the BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to," he added.
Sushma Swaraj Dies: BREAKING: "A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end": PM Modi tweets
PM Modi has tweeted on former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj's death.
"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 PM Modi.
Sushma Swaraj Dies: Ex-foreign minister and one of BJP's tallest leaders, Sushma Swaraj, dies
Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj died on Tuesday night, AIIMS sources said, reported news agency PTI. She was 67.
The senior BJP leader was brought to AIIMS at 10:15 PM and was straight away taken to the emergency ward.
She had a kidney transplant in 2016 and had opted out of contesting Lok Sabha polls earlier this year for health reasons.
BREAKING: Sushma Swaraj dies
Sushma Swaraj dies, confirms AIIMS director
Sushma Swaraj Health: Ministers reach AIIMS after Sushma Swaraj falls ill
Smriti Irani, Dr Harsh Vardhan and Rajnath Singh are all at AIIMS.
BREAKING: Rajnath Singh reaches AIIMS
Defence minister Rajnath Singh has reached AIIMS
Sushma Swaraj Health: AIIMS to release statement on Sushma Swaraj soon
The All India Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMS is about to release a statement on Sushma Swaraj's condition
Sushma Swaraj had not been keeping well lately, which is why she didn't contest the Lok Sabha polls
67-year-old Sushma Swaraj had not been keeping well lately, which is why she had not contested the recently held Lok Sabha election.
Sushma Swaraj Health: Visuals outside AIIMS, where Sushma Swaraj has been admitted