Sushma Swaraj: Hundreds bid final goodbye to people’s minister, daughter Bansuri performs last rites

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Updated:Aug 07, 2019 5:39:46 pm

Sushma Swaraj funeral: Former External Affairs Minister Swaraj, who passed away last night after suffering a major heart attack, was being bestowed with full state honours at Lodhi Road crematorium in New Delhi.

Swaraj death, Sushma Swaraj dies, Sushma Swaraj funeralFormer External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wrapped in tricolour at BJP headquarters (PTI Photo)

Sushma Swaraj passes away at 67: Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was cremated with full state honours at Delhi’s Lodhi Road crematorium on Wednesday evening. Sushma Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri performed the final rites of her mother. BJP patriarch LK Advani, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, BJP working president JP Nadda were among thousands of people who bid a tearful goodbye to the departed leader. Many jostled for a last glimpse as the casket with her mortal remains, wrapped in the tricolour, was put in the hearse in preparation for her final journey.

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Earlier this morning, veteran BJP leader and Sushma’s mentor LK Advani described her as a remarkable leader and expressed grief over the demise of a charismatic leader. In his message, Advani, 91, said that Swaraj’s death is an irreparable loss and he will miss her presence immensely. “The nation has lost a remarkable leader. To me, it is an irreparable loss and I will miss Sushmaji’s presence immensely. May her soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to Swaraj ji, Bansuri & all members of her family. Om Shanti,” he said.

US Embassy in Delhi also mourned the death of Swaraj and said that she was viewed as the representative of Indians. Israeli Ambassador Ron Malka also paid tributes to Sushma Swaraj and described her as a great friend of Israel who played a big role in the remarkable progress in the friendship with Israel.

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    17:01 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    PM Narendra Modi and BJP Veteran LK Advani at Lodhi Crematorium

    PM Narendra Modi and BJP Veteran LK Advani bid farewell to former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj as her mortal remains were consigned to flames at the Lodhi Road crematorium on Wednesday.

    16:43 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    PM Modi breaks down while paying last respects to Sushma Swaraj

    Saddened by the demise of his former Cabinet colleague, PM Narendra Modi broke down while paying tributes to former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.  WATCH  

    16:29 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    ‘People’s Minister’ cremated with full state honours

    Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away last night after suffering a major heart attack, was being bestowed with full state honours. Political leaders pay their last respects at Lodhi crematorium in New Delhi.

    16:20 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj now being taken away for cremation

    Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj is now being taken away for cremation at Lodhi Road crematorium. PM Narendra Modi, Senior BJP leader LK Advani, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh present at Lodhi Road crematorium.

    16:11 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj passes away: Leaders lay wreath at mortal remains

    PM Narendra Modi and Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay paid their last respects to Sushma Swaraj at Lodhi Road crematorium. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla laid the wreath at the mortal remains of Swaraj. BJP veteran LK Advani, who is known to be a mentor for Swaraj also present at the crematorium.

    16:05 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    In Pics | Political leaders pay homage to ‘people’s minister’

    Sushma Swaraj, as external affairs minister, brought a sense of assertiveness in India's diplomacy and was known for her prompt response on Twitter to address grievances of overseas Indians. Political leaders cutting across the party lines pay homage to ‘people’s minister’. Take a look at Sushma Swaraj’s final journey

    15:56 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj's daughter performs her last rites

    Bansuri Swaraj, daughter of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, performs her last rites. PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, former Bhutan PM Tshering Tobgay and other leaders present at Lodhi Road crematorium.

    15:50 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj reach Lodhi Road crematorium

    Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj have reached Lodhi crematorium. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and other BJP leaders present at Lodhi Road crematorium for Swaraj's last rites.

    15:46 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    "Bal Thackeray once backed Sushma Swaraj for PM's post"

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday expressed grief over the "irreparable loss" his family has suffered following the demise of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, whom party patriarch Bal Thackeray had once backed as NDA's prime ministerial face. Uddhav Thackeray said Swaraj's death marks an end of a "resplendent era" in Indian politics.

    15:33 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj makes final journey

    Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj are being taken away from BJP headquarters to Lodhi Road crematorium in New Delhi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be present at the Lodhi Road crematorium for the last rites.

    15:24 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Final journey of Sushma Swaraj begins

    Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj are being taken away from BJP Headquarters to the Lodhi Road crematorium in New Delhi. BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal and other party leaders give shoulder to her mortal remains.  External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are also present.

    15:22 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    The Dalai Lama on Sushma Swaraj

    "I offer my prayers & my condolences at this difficult time. Sushma Swaraj enjoyed immense respect for her compassionate concern for people&her friendly demeanour. In devoting herself to service of others, she led a very meaningful life."

    15:15 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    State honours accorded to Swaraj

    Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri Swaraj and husband Swaraj Kaushal pay salute as state honours are accorded to her.

    15:08 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Watch: Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wrapped in tricolour at BJP headquarters

    Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wrapped in tricolour at BJP headquarters in Delhi.

    15:06 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    RSS express condolences to Swaraj's family

    Remembering former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the RSS said, "She was happy with the recent historic development in the nation, as she expressed before she left us. We express condolences to her family in this moment of grief."

    15:03 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Mahashay Dharampal Gulati gets emotional after paying tribute to Swaraj

    Owner of MDH spice company, Mahashay Dharampal Gulati got emotional as he paid tributes to former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. at the BJP headquarters.

    14:57 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    US Embassy in Delhi mourns passing of Swaraj

    US Embassy in Delhi today mourned the passing of Sushma Swaraj and said that she was viewed as the representative of Indians. 'Today, the US Mission to India mourns the passing of Sushma Swaraj. Minister Swaraj was greatly respected & viewed as an outstanding representative of the Indian people, both at home and abroad.' 

    In a statement, the US Embassy further said that she was a key partner in strengthening US-India bilateral relationship. 'Sushma Swaraj was a steadfast advocate for her compatriots. As External Affairs Minister, she was a key partner in strengthening US-India bilateral relationship, most prominently during the inaugural 2 2 Ministerial Dialogue in September 2018.'

    14:43 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sonia Gandhi expresses her condolences to Swaraj Kaushal

    Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter to the late leader's husband Swaraj Kaushal, extending her heartfelt condolences over the demise of the former external affairs minister.

    14:38 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj passes away: Traffic restrictions near Lodhi Road

    The traffic will remain affected near Lodhi Road due to the cremation of former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj. The last rites of Swaraj will be held at Delhi's Lodhi Road crematorium later in the day. According to traffic advisory, traffic on Lodhi Road, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, near Neela Gumbad, Moolchand Flyover, Defence Colony Flyover, Lodhi Road Flyover and on adjoining roads will be affected from 2 pm to 5:30 pm.

    14:35 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Jaya Prada condoles death of Sushma Swaraj

    BJP leader Jaya Prada condoled the demise of Sushma Swaraj and said, 'We called her ‘didi’ & today she is no more with us. She was a mother, a sister, a huge politician & a great orator as well. She did a lot for the country, especially for the poor. We have lost a great, honest & a remarkable leader.'

    14:06 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj passes away: BJP workers, admirers gather in large numbers at party office

    BJP workers and mourners on Wednesday gathered in large numbers at the party headquarters on Wednesday to pay their last respects to Sushma Swaraj, veteran leader, former external affairs minister and also "didi" to many of them. Some cried inconsolably and others fought back their tears as top party leaders, including BJP president Amit Shah and working president J P Nadda, covered Swaraj's body with the national flag and paid their tributes. The body of the late leader, who died on Tuesday night at the age of 67, was brought from her residence to the party's headquarters.

    13:47 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Adityanath pays tributes to Sushma Swaraj

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogui Adityanath paid tributes to former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj at party headquarters in Delhi.

    13:46 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Harish Salve says he spoke to Sushma Swaraj at 8:45 PM

    Senior advocate Harish Salve said that for him, Sushma Swaraj was an elder sister. "I was simply stunned yesterday on hearing about her demise. At 8:45 pm I had a talk with her. She said 'you have to come and take your fees of Re 1 for Jadhav case'. Just 10 min post that, she had cardiac arrest."

    13:14 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Amit Shah, JP Nadda pay tributes to Sushma Swaraj

    BJP president Amit Shah and working president JP Nadda pay tribute to Sushma Swaraj at party headquarters in Delhi. The mortal remains are kept here to allow the public to pay last respects to the departed soul.

    13:01 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Akhilesh, Mayawati condole death of Sushma Swaraj

    Former Uttar Pradesh chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati on Wednesday condoled the death of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav described Sushma Swaraj's death as irreparable loss. "Saddening... May God give peace to her soul and strength to her family. Sushmaji will always be remembered for efficient leadership and excellent efficiency," he tweeted in Hindi. BSP chief Mayawati also took to Twitter and wrote: "The sudden demise of senior BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is saddening. She was not only a skilled politician and a great administrator but also a very social woman. Deepest condolence to her family members."

    13:01 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sad to learn Sushma Swaraj's passing away: China

    Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong said, "Sad to learn about the passing away of Sushma Swaraj, former Minister of External Affairs of India. Appreciate her contributions to China-India relations. Express my deep condolences to her family."

    13:00 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Watch: Geeta, Indian girl who was brought back from Pakistan in 2015, pays tribute

    Geeta, the Indian girl who was brought back from Pakistan in 2015 when late Sushma Swaraj was External Affairs Minister, pays tribute.

    12:33 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj was extraordinary woman, leader: UNGA President

    UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa has hailed India's former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj as "an extraordinary woman and leader." "Saddened by the news of the passing of @SushmaSwaraj, an extraordinary woman & leader who devoted her life to public service," Espinosa, who is on a visit to Britain, tweeted on Tuesday. "I had the honor of meeting her in my visits to #India, & will always remember her fondly. My deepest condolences to all of her loved ones," she added after Swaraj died on Tuesday in New Delhi.

    12:30 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj death: Lost my elder sister, says Harsimrat Kaur

    Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Wednesday said that with the demise of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, the country has lost a great leader and she lost an elder sister. "Today, India lost a great leader, the world lost an exemplary human being and I lost an elder sister," she tweeted.

    12:24 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj's mortal remains taken to BJP office

    The mortal remains of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj are being taken to the party headquarters for the public to pay homage. Public can pay their last respects to the departed sould till 2 PM at the BJP office. From here, the mortal remains will be taken to Lodi cremarotium for the last rites. 

    12:21 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj was ambassador of Indian culture: Om Birla

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that Sushma Swaraj was an ambassador of the Indian culture. "She was an able administrator and a sensitive leader. Today the entire country is sad to lose a leader like her. She understood everyone's problems and served them. We are standing with her family, he said.

    12:20 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj was a bright star of Indian politics: Amit Shah

    Home Minister Amit Shah went to Sushma Swaraj's residence where he paid last respects to the departed soul. He said that Swaraj's death has created a great void that would be hard to fill. "Crores of people who loved her are sad and will miss her. She was a bright star of Indian politics and an able administrator. In the last five years as foreign minister she has made India proud globally under the leadership of the PM. Her absence will be felt for a long time. I pray that she rests in peace," he told reporters.

    12:19 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Singapore Foreign Minister mourns Sushma Swaraj's demise

    Singapore Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Wednesday remembered former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's "warm friendship" and said that she represented India on the world stage and fought tirelessly for Indian citizens. Mourning the demise of the senior BJP leader, Balakrishnan tweeted, “I met her countless times, and will always recall her warm friendship and wise counsel. Our hearts are broken by her loss." “Sushma Swaraj was a wonderful lady, always full of life, as she represented India on the world stage and fought tirelessly for her citizens," wrote the Singapore minister.

    12:18 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Ghulam Nabi Azad recalls Sushma Swaraj always called him 'bhai'

    Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad said that he never imagined that she will leave us so soon. "I knew her since 1977 when I was in youth Congress, we knew each other for last 42 years. We never called each other by name, she used to call me 'bhai' & I used to call her behen (sister)," he said.

    12:15 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Have no words, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

    BJP leader and Ravi Shankar Prasad said that when he came back from Parliament on Tuesday, he saw Sushma Swaraj's tweet on Article 370 and then news came that she is no more. "I have no words," he said.

    12:14 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Sushma Swaraj passes away: Personal loss, says Khattar

    Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar also said he was deeply shocked to learn about Swaraj's demise. "It is a personal loss for me," he wrote on Twitter.

    12:13 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal condoles Sushma Swaraj's demise

    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have condoled the demise of former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, hailing her as "one of India's tallest leaders and an epitome of integrity". The state Bharatiya Janata Party has cancelled all scheduled programmes for the day as a mark of respect to Swaraj.

    12:09 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Punjab CM Amarinder Singh remembers Sushma Swaraj as dynamic and sensitive leader

    Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, said he was shocked to learn about the former Delhi chief minister's demise and described her as a "dynamic and sensitive" leader. "Shocked to learn of the sudden demise of @SushmaSwaraj ji. I will always remember her as a dynamic and sensitive leader with the ability to empathise with the common people. Will miss her. May your soul rest in peace!," the senior Congress leader said in a tweet.

    11:59 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Uttarakhand CM Rawat expresses grief at Sushma Swaraj's demise

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat expressed grief at Swaraj's demise, saying it was an irreparable loss for the country's politics. "Extremely saddened to hear about Sushma Ji's demise. It is an irreparable loss for the country's politics. We have lost a great leader and a brilliant orator who was full of human emotions," he said in a tweet. Rawat prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to her family to bear the loss.

    11:52 (IST)07 Aug 2019
    Russia remembers Sushma Swaraj's contribution

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia said, "We express our sincere condolences to the people of India on the premature passing away of the former Foreign Minister of this friendly country."

    Sushma Swaraj death, Sushma Swaraj heart attack Sushma Swaraj passes away at 67 following cardiac arrest.Sushma Swaraj, 67, was a powerful orator and an easily-accessible External Affairs minister. A politician of many firsts, Swaraj was a loyal BJP worker and her attachment with the party ideology and principles was apparent even hours before she passed away. She tweeted to congratulate Prime Narendra Modi after the BJP government's move to revoke the contentious Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. "I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime," Swaraj tweeted hours before she passed away at AIIMS after suffering a cardiac arrest. Swaraj had started her political life with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and later joined the BJP. She had served as the I&B minister in the 13-day Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1996 and got the Cabinet portfolio again after he led the BJP to power in 1998. Swaraj contested against the then Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Karnataka's Bellary in 1999 Lok Sabha polls but fell short of votes. However, she grew in stature. She also was the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha between 2009-14. In 2014, she contested from Madhya Pradesh's Vidisha. She served as the External Affairs Minister in the first tenure of Modi government between 2014 and 2019. She didn't contest the general elections held in April-may this year.