Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passes away
The veteran BJP leader suffered a massive heart attack and was admitted to AIIMS late in the evening. She was 67.
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday evening at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. She was brought to the hospital after she suffered a massive heart attack, party sources confirmed. She was 67.
"She could not recover from the heart attack. We are awaiting details. She was already suffering from kidney ailment and she was not keeping well for few days," a BJP office secretary said adding that a detail release from the party will soon be given to the media on the matter.
Her last Twitter post at 1915 hours today was about thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the government’s move on Kashmir stating that she was "waiting for this day in her lifetime".
Swaraj was BJP's most prominent woman face. While party won with a massive majority, Swaraj took a backseat quoting ill health. Last November, she had announced she would not contest the general elections.
Swaraj in her avatar as the External Affairs minister from 2014 to 2019 was called the most 'millennial' minister of the Indian government for her use of social media platforms to reach out to the Indian diaspora across the globe. She even used her twitter account to help foreigners seeking medical aid in India. She was tagged the 'supermom' of India by Washington Post.
She struck a chord with young and old alike with her round-the-clock social media presence and eagerness to help. She served as the Health minister during the Vajpayee regime and also as Delhi Chief Minister for a brief period.