NEW DELHI: Former Indian external affairs minister and Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday.
According to Indian media reports, she had been admitted to hospital in a critical condition after suffering a heart attack on Tuesday evening. She was 67.
Swaraj, who was for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s most prominent woman face, did not contest the recently held Lok Sabha elections in which the party won with a massive majority. Last November, she had announced she would not contest the general elections.
After PM Modi s swearing-in ceremony last month, Sushma Swaraj wrote an emotional message on Twitter, thanking PM Narendra Modi for giving her the opportunity to hold the office for five years.
About Sushma Swaraj
Sushma Swaraj was an Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. She was the Union Minister for External Affairs in the government of India. She had served as a member of parliament for the sixth term and was the leader of opposition in the 15th Lok Sabha.
She twice became MLA from Haryana during 1977-1982 and 1987-1990, and once from Delhi in 1998. In October 1998 she held the position of the first woman chief minister of Delhi. Her political career graph is a manifestation of her role in Indian politics. She held key positions both as a member of the ruling party and as that of opposition. She is a role model for many such young women who aspire to tread the path of Indian politics.
In 1977, Sushma Swaraj became the youngest cabinet minister, at the age of 25 years. In 1996, during the thirteen-day government under the leadership of Atal Behari Vajpayee, she took a revolutionary step of live telecasting of Lok Sabha debates as the union cabinet minister for Information and Broadcasting. At present Sushma Swaraj is the All India Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party as also the official spokesperson of the party.