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.