Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday after suffering a massive heart attack, leaving the political fraternity and the nation shell-shocked less than a month after the demise of former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit. Swaraj had been rushed to AIIMS hospital in Delhi following a heart attack in the evening.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Swaraj's death on Twitter as he called her demise a "personal loss" for him. "An excellent administrator, Sushma Ji set high standards in every Ministry she handled. She played a key role in bettering India’s ties with various nations. As a Minister we also saw her compassionate side, helping fellow Indians who were in distress in any part of the world," he tweeted.
Sushma Ji 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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019
Calling her an inspiration for the entire nation, Modi also said her demise has brought a glorious chapter in Indian politics to an end.
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.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019
Home Minister Amit Shah said he was extremely saddened and shocked at the death of Sushma Swaraj, who has left an incredible mark in Indian politics in various forms. "The death of Sushma Swaraj ji is an irreparable loss to BJP and Indian politics. On behalf of all BJP workers, I express my deepest condolences to his family, supporters and well-wishers. May God bless the departed soul forever. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti," he Tweeted.
सुषमा स्वराज जी का निधन भाजपा और भारतीय राजनीति के लिए एक अपूरणीय क्षति है।मैं समस्त भाजपा कार्यकर्ताओं की ओर से उनके परिजनों, समर्थकों व शुभचिंतकों के प्रति अपनी गहरी संवेदना व्यक्त करता हूँ। ईश्वर दिवंगत आत्मा को चिर शान्ति प्रदान करे।ॐ शांति शांति शांति— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 6, 2019
Offering his condolences to her family, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he was extremely saddened by the sudden death of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
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. My condolences to her family in this hour of grief. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti 🙏— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 6, 2019
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said he was extremely shocked and anguished by the sudden demise of Sushma Swaraj. Remembering her as a seasoned parliamentarian, Singh said she was extremely well respected across party lines.
Smt Sushma Swaraj served the nation with diligence and brilliance. Her contribution to the nation and the party will always be remembered. I offer my heartfelt tributes to her and extend my condolences to her bereaved family.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 6, 2019
Union Minister Smriti Irani remembered Sushma Swaraj in her own unique way.
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 Z Irani (@smritiirani) August 6, 2019
Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said he was "broken and pained at the demise of Sushmaji". He added that her death will leave a void which will be difficult to fill.
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.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) August 6, 2019
Congress party’s official twitter account mourned her death and said that they were extremely “saddened” by her sudden demise.
We are saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Our condolences to her family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/T9wg739c8i— Congress (@INCIndia) August 6, 2019
Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said he was “shocked” and “deeply saddened” by this tragic death. He offered his condolences to her family members.
shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic news re #SushmaSwaraj My sincerest condolences. Knew her from SC days, as highly cultured attendee at my wife’s ghazal & sufi recitals, most graceful, powerful orator, warm & helpful. Very soft & considerate yet committed to causes— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) August 6, 2019
Another congress leader Shashi Tharoor also said he was “shocked” and “saddened” by this news. He also added that she was a brilliant speaker of Hindi and a genuine “people’s person.”
Shocked & saddened by this news. I last saw Sushmaji at @PMOIndia's swearing-in two months ago. She was a brilliant speaker in Hindi, a genuine "people's person" in Government &I was proud of our excellent relationship when I chaired the External Affairs Committee. Om Shanti... https://t.co/1Q2kpUSj3x— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 6, 2019
Calling it a huge loss for the nation, BJP MP Gautam Gambhir said that he was beyond aggrieved at the passing away of the veteran leader.
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
Calling her a fantastic speaker and an even better listener, former chief election commissioner SY Quraishi said he was devastated at the death of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
When she chose to retire from active politics she told me that doctors had advised her to avoid dust and public physical contact which wasn’t possible as MP. She looked happy and relieved. Always a fantastic speaker and even better listener. Rest in peace ma’am. https://t.co/EygQUH2g6t— Dr. S.Y. Quraishi (@DrSYQuraishi) August 6, 2019
Calling her an astute parliamentarian, an effective orator and an excellent humane leader, Former President Pranab Mukherjee said he was shocked beyond words.
Shocked beyond words & distressed at the passing away of Smt #SushmaSwaraj. An astute parliamentarian, an effective orator & an excellent humane leader, she will forever be remembered and missed. Hers was a story of hard work to heights!My deepest condolences and prayers.— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) August 6, 2019
Calling Sushma Swaraj one of India’s most respected leaders, Ambassador of France to India Alexandre Ziegler said that she showed remarkable dedication and took the Indo-French relationship to new heights.
My heartfelt condolences to the family & loved ones of former EAM of India, Smt. Sushma Swaraj ji.One of India’s most respected leaders, she showed remarkable dedication to serving her fellow citizens & took the Indo-French relationship to new heights.#SushmaSwaraj— Alexandre Ziegler (@FranceinIndia) August 6, 2019
Calling out Sushma Swaraj an outstanding politician, leader, good human being, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banarjee said that she was deeply saddened and shocked at the sudden passing away of the leader.
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— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 6, 2019