Sushma Swaraj dead: Outpouring of grief as country mourns loss

Sushma Swaraj dead: Outpouring of grief as country mourns loss

Sushma Swaraj dead: Outpouring of grief as country mourns loss

Swaraj had been handpicked by BJP veteran LK Advani as the general secretary, and was the first woman to hold the post in the party.

Prime Minister Modi condoled Swaraj's death, calling her "one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people". She was the youngest Cabinet minister of Haryana at just 25 years of age and also the first woman chief minister of Delhi besides being the first minister to advocate "digital diplomacy", as was evident with her prompt and round-the-clock presence on Twitter to help Indians overseas. "Our condolences to her family and loved ones", the party tweeted.

Sushma was India's Union Minister of Foreign Affairs during the last government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

To another Twitter user who asked if she could help him with a "defective refrigerator", she wrote: "Brother I cannot help you in matters of a Refrigerator".

She was a member of the Haryana state legislature from 1977 to 1982 and again from 1987 to 1990. However, she had clarified that she was not retiring from politics.

"A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end" he tweeted.

"Deeply shocked to learn of the passing away of Smt Sushma Swaraj". She is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri.

The council of ministers were sworn in after a cabinet reshuffle.

Ms Swaraj, who has been the second woman foreign minister after former prime minister Indira Gandhi, tweeted a witty response in March to a user who asked why she was using "Chowkidar" as a prefix for her Twitter handle.

J.P. Nadda, working president of the BJP, said Swaraj's body will be kept at the party office on Wednesday for people to pay homage and cremated later in the day. She represented Madhya Pradesh's Vidisha constituency in the 15 Lok Sabha. In 1990, however, she was elected to the Rajya Sabha.

From 2000-2003 she was the minister for information and broadcasting, when the Atal Bihar Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance government was in power.

During her decades-long career she had also served as New Delhi's chief minister and had served as the leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014, Scroll.in reported. After the BJP bit the dust in the 1998 Delhi Assembly elections, Swaraj made a decision to return to national-level politics.

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