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The mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj are being taken from AIIMS to her residence in Delhi, where it will be kept overnight.
Sushma Swaraj Passes Away, Last Rites To Be Performed At Noon
New Delhi: Former External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj passed away last night, at the age of 67. She will be cremated with state honours today. Her body will be kept at the BJP headquarters for three hours this afternoon for party workers and leaders to pay tributes, BJP working president JP Nadda said. Ms Swaraj died at Delhi's All India Institute Of Medical Sciences hospital after a cardiac arrest.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also visited the late leader's residence to pay the last respect.
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People all across India, including prominent celebrities grieved the death of their beloved leader.The veteran BJP leader's body will be kept at the BJP office from noon to 3 pm. After this, the body will be taken to the Lodhi Road crematorium for the last rites.
Remembering the veteran politician, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a "glorious chapter in Indian politics has come to an end".
Top ministers such as Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Harsh Vardhan, Prakash Javadekar, Ramesh Pokhriyal were among those who visited the hospital last night.
"India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people," the PM tweeted.
Sushma Swaraj's body was taken to her residence, where former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BSP chief Mayawati paid her last respects early this morning. A number of VIPs are expected visit her home to pay their tributes.
"Sushma Swaraj ji's demise personally saddens me. She was an able politician, administrator and a good orator. Her personality was very friendly, even with members of the opposition. I pray to nature to give her family the strength to cope with this loss," Ms Mayawati told reporters.
Sushma Swaraj was one of the most senior woman leader of the BJP. The former Union Minister was one of the most beloved leader of India, she helped the Indians abroad in distress with her quick response on Twitter to requests for help when she was the foreign minister. Even banal or joking requests drew a response from Sushma Swaraj.
The 67-year-old had not been keeping well lately, which is why she had not contested the Lok Sabha election earlier this year and opted out of PM Modi's new government. She had a kidney transplant in 2016.
The former Union Minister, Sushma Swaraj had tweeted congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the passage of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill in parliament. "She was happy about Article 370's abrogation, I read her tweet when I got back home," Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
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