Sushma Swaraj’s last rites performed with state honours

New Delhi: The funeral of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (67) was performed at the crematorium on Lodhi Road on Wednesday with state honours. Many leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah, were present.

Earlier, she was given a final farewell at the BJP headquarters. Husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri saluted Sushma. The daughter performed the last rituals. Sushma Swaraj died in AIIMS on Tuesday night due to a heart attack.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and LK Advani arrived at Sushma’s residence to pay tribute. During this time, the two leaders got emotional meeting the family. The government of Delhi and Haryana have declared a two-day state mourning.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Home Minister Amit Shah paid tributes to Sushma at her Jantar-Mantar residence.

Many celebrities including Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Baba Ramdev, BJP MP Hema Malini, former Kerala Chief Minister Oman Chandy, Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal, BSP chief Mayawati, Kailash Satyarthi reached her residence. A tribute was paid to Sushma in the Rajya Sabha. Chairman Naidu said that he would miss her on Rakshabandhan.

Earlier, amid chants of ‘Sushma ji amar rahe’, the mortal remains of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj were brought to BJP headquarters from her residence on Wednesday afternoon for people to pay homage.

In a befitting tribute to the stalwart, BJP’s working president JP Nadda, Defence Minister and former BJP chief Rajnath Singh, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave a shoulder to Swaraj’s mortal remains.

Sushma’s last tweet

An affable leader, an able administrator and an impressive orator — Sushma Swaraj was one of the most prominent faces of the BJP, who immensely contributed to the party’s growth and never shied away from taking challenges.

The 67-year-old accepted tough challenges which helped the BJP break new grounds. She contested the 1999 Lok Sabha election from Bellary in Karnataka against then Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

As a member of BJP, Swaraj grew in the party ranks and became a member of the Rajya Sabha in 1990. She had friends across the political spectrum and was held in high regard by leaders of various parties.