Condolences pour in for Sushma Swaraj; nation has lost a remarkable leader, says LK Advani

New Delhi: Condolences continued to pour in from all quarters as the world woke up to the shocking news of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s untimely demise. Leaving a strong legacy behind, the BJP stalwart breathed her last at the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences in Delhi on Tuesday.

Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli: “Deeply shocked to learn of the passing away of #SushmaSwaraj, a senior political leader of India & former External Affairs Minister. Heartfelt condolences & deepest sympathies to the Govt & people of India as well as to the bereaved family members,” said Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. 

The former minister was known for her witty quips and was always a “tweet away.” Despite her busy schedules while on official visits overseas, Swaraj made sure to interact with the Indian diaspora, always ensuring them of the Indian government’s support. She was one of the most citizen-friendly and accessible ministers that India has seen.

I will miss Sushmaji’s presence immensely, says Advani: Senior BJP leader LK Advani, pens a heartfelt tribute to his protege Sushma Swaraj, writing, “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 Swarajji, Bansuri & all members of her family. Om Shanti. #SushmaSwaraj.”

“Leaving behind indelible memories. We @IndiaUNNewYork will always cherish memories of her @UN Farewell Madam @SushmaSwaraj #RIPSushmaSwaraj,” tweeted India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin.”

#TeamMEA (Ministry of External Affairs) mourns the sad demise of former External Affairs Minister #sushmaswaraj. Enjoying immense respect within the Ministry and outside, for her compassionate and amiable personality, she has left a lasting legacy for putting people at the core of Indian diplomacy,” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Hans Dannenberg Castellanos also condoled the loss and said, “The diplomatic community in Delhi joins the nation in sorrow on the sad demise of a great woman in Indian politics. 

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweets: “Deeply saddened, shocked at sudden passing away of #SushmaSwaraj ji. I knew her since 1990s. Even though our ideologies differed, we shared many cordial times in Parliament. An outstanding politician, leader, good human being. Will miss her.Condolences to her family/admirers.”

BSP chief Mayawati paid her last respects to former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at her residence in Delhi.

Lalu Prasad Yadav tweets: Deeply saddened at the passing away of Smt #SushmaSwarajji. An effective orator, parliamentarian & leader, she will forever be missed. My deepest condolences and prayers.