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Sushma Swaraj passes away

Tributes pour in for the senior BJP politician and former external affairs minister

The Telegraph And PTI New Delhi Published 06.08.19, 06:45 PM
Sushma Swaraj passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, after she became critically ill and had to be rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences

Sushma Swaraj passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, after she became critically ill and had to be rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences PTI

Senior BJP politician and the country's former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has passed away. She was 67. She was rushed to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi at around 10:15 pm on Tuesday, August 6, after becoming critically ill.

Just hours earlier, she had tweeted to congratulate prime minister Narendra Modi and home affairs minister Amit Shah, for the government's move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, and to bifurcate the state into two union territories.

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Swaraj, who was a former MP from the Vidisha constituency, did not contest the 2019 elections. Among the numerous posts she held in her political career spanning more than four decades, she was minister for external affairs from 2014 to 2019, leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha (2009-2014), minister for information and broadcasting during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government (2000-2003), chief minister of Delhi (1998), and a minister in the Janata Party government (1977 to 1980).

As news of her death broke, tributes and condolences came pouring in.

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