New Delhi: The BJP lost one of its tallest leaders on Tuesday, Sushma Swaraj, bringing an unexpected end to the brilliant inning of a woman leader who could make it to a male-dominated party with her sheer confidence and capacity to take risks.
She passed away on the day the Bharatiya Janata Party fulfilled one of its three ideological commitments by scrapping Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
“Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime,” she had tweeted after the Lok Sabha passed the bill
She breathed her last just hours after posting her message on Twitter.
A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday visited the residence of former union minister Sushma Swaraj and paid his respects. A visibly overwhelmed Modi consoled family members of Swaraj. The prime minister will attend her funeral in the evening, official sources said.
The Union Cabinet could also meet during the day to pass a resolution condoling the demise of Swaraj. Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night suffering a massive cardiac arrest. She was 67.
“A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swarajji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people,” Modi said in a series of tweets.
He hailed her as a “prolific orator and outstanding parliamentarian” and said she was admired and revered across party lines.
“An excellent administrator, Sushmaji set high standards in every ministry she handled. She played a key role in bettering India’s ties with various nations. As a minister we also saw her compassionate side, helping fellow Indians,” Modi said.