Sushma Swaraj cremated with full state honour, leaders pay heartfelt tributes

New Delhi: Former external affairs minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj has been cremated at the Lodhi Road crematorium with full state honours on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned emotional as he paid homage to Swaraj.

The mortal remains of the former Delhi chief minister were kept at her residence in the morning.They were later moved to the BJP headquarters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, veteran BJP leader LK Advani were among prominent personalities who paid last respects at Sushma Swaraj’s residence and met her family members.

The 67-year-old veteran BJP leader complained of restlessness at 9 pm on Tuesday and was rushed to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at 9.30 pm. A team of doctors tried to revive her for over 80-90 minutes, however, she was declared dead at 10.50 pm.

Political leaders across party lines expressed shock and grief at her sudden death. President Ram Nath Kovind visited Swaraj’s home in central Delhi’s Jantar Mantar Road to pay his last respects. He interacted with her husband Swaraj Kaushal and other family members. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was seen hugging Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri. Her son Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too visited Swaraj’s home. BJP veteran LK Advani and his daughter Pratibha, who have had a long association with Swaraj, were seen in tears.

Advani, 91, said in his tribute he could not recall a single year when she missed bringing his favourite chocolate cake on his birthday.

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