Sushma Swaraj passes away: Lost a remarkable leader, will miss her presence immensely, says LK Advani

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Published: August 7, 2019 10:21:04 AM

In a statement, Advani said Swaraj was someone whom he had known and worked with since the beginning of her "illustrious innings" in the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Swaraj, 67, who died of a heart attack on Tuesday night, was considered one of the closest associates of Advani. (PC: IE)

Paying rich tributes to Sushma Swaraj, BJP veteran L K Advani on Wednesday described her as one of his closest colleagues who rose to become one of the BJP’s most popular and prominent faces and “a role model for women leaders”. Remembering her fondly, Advani said he could not recall a single year when she missed bringing his favourite chocolate cake on his birthday.

In a statement, Advani said Swaraj was someone whom he had known and worked with since the beginning of her “illustrious innings” in the Bharatiya Janata Party. She was a promising young activist who he had inducted into his team, he noted. “And over the years, she became one of the most popular and prominent leaders of our party- in fact, a role model for women leaders. A brilliant orator, I was often amazed at her ability to recall incidents, events and present them with utmost clarity and eloquence,” the 91-year-old leader said.

Swaraj, 67, who died of a heart attack on Tuesday night, was considered one of the closest associates of Advani. He said he was deeply distressed at the untimely demise of one of his closest colleagues. The nation has lost a remarkable leader, he said, adding that it is an irreparable loss to him. * ‘Sushmaji was also a fine human being. She touched everyone with her warmth and compassionate nature. I do not recall a single year when she missed bringing my favourite chocolate cake to me on my birthday,” Advani said.

FULL TEXT of LK Advani’s message

I am deeply distressed at the untimely demise of one of my closest colleagues, Sushma Swaraj ji. Sushma ji was someone who I have known and worked with since the beginning of her illustrious innings in the Bharatiya Janata Party. When I was the President of the BJP in the eighties, she was a promising young activist who I had inducted into my team. And over the years, she became one of the most popular and prominent leaders of our party-in fact, a role model for women leaders.
A brilliant orator, I was often amazed at her ability to recall incidents, events and present them with utmost clarity and eloquence. Sushma ji was also a fine human being. she touched everyone with her warmth and compassionate nature. I do not recall a single year when she missed bringing my favourite chocolate cake to me on my birthday. The nation has lost a remarkable leader. To me, it is an irreparable loss and I will miss Sushma ji’s presence immensely. May her soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to Swaraj ji, Bansuri and all members of her family. Om Shanti.

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