Sushma Swaraj, former external affairs minister, breathed her last on Tuesday (August 6). Several Bollywood celebrities mourned the loss on social media
Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night, AIIMS sources said. She was 67. The senior BJP leader was brought to AIIMS between 9:30pm and 10:00pm and was straight away taken to the emergency ward.
Several senior ministers, including Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, reached AIIMS after she was admitted to the hospital.
प्रधान मंत्री जी - आपका हार्दिक अभिनन्दन. मैं अपने जीवन में इस दिन को देखने की प्रतीक्षा कर रही थी. @narendramodi ji - Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 6, 2019
Swaraj had put out a tweet in the evening congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Centre's move to revoke special status for Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the border state into two Union Territories secured Parliament's approval. "Narendra Modi ji - Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime," she had said. She is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri.
Several people on social media have expressed shock on the sudden demise of the much-loved leader.
Bollywood celebrities who have tweeted grieving Swaraj's demise are Anupam Kher, Parineeti Chopra, Swara Bhasker, Vishal Dadlani, Boman Irani, Riteish Deshmukh and Ekta Kapoor.
Veteran actor Anupam Kher took to Twitter and posted a live video sharing his memories of Swaraj. Saddened by the untimely death, Kher recalled the times he chatted with Swaraj on various topics.
Film and television producer Ekta Kapoor remembered the time Swaraj had awarded her. She shared that it was Swaraj who had taught her the very first lesson that women should help women grow.
In my younger years I got so much support from Shushma ji ! I still have pictures with her giving me my first award all over my office!gutted sad at d loss of a lady who taught me my first lesson... women should help women grow ! Thanku n rip shushmaji #RIPSushmaSwarajJi https://t.co/tyAHCa3vYf— Ekta Kapoor (@ektaravikapoor) August 6, 2019
Actor Boman Irani, too, mourned the loss and tweeted, "A force of nature she was. Too young to go. Saddened to hear this untimely news. A nation’s loss. #SushmaSwaraj #RIPSushmaSwaraj."
Deeply saddened by Sushma ji’s demise.The Music Fraternity will be indebted to her for magnificent defence of their rights in the Lok Sabha . You were an exceptional person Sushmaji. We will always remain thankful to you.— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) August 6, 2019
Extremely sad to hear of the demise of #sushmaswaraj ji. An absolute powerhouse yet seemed so warm & humble! Poised & dignified, she was a leader I admired. Thank you for all your years of service to this nation. Rest in Peace🙏🏼😞 #RIPSushmaJi pic.twitter.com/cqTVfGliTP— Sophie C (@Sophie_Choudry) August 6, 2019
#SushmaSwaraj -a true leader a powerful orator a gentle soul. You have gone too soon. Deeply saddened.Value and will cherish the moments spent learning from you.🙏🏼— Prasoon Joshi (@prasoonjoshi_) August 6, 2019
RIP #SushmaSwaraj ji. She epitomised dignity, commitment to democratic norms, grace in politics. A brilliant parliamentarian, a fine bilingual orator, a humane foreign minister- she was inspiring. I differed with her ideology, but greatly admired her resolve & work ethic. 🙏🏿🙏🏿— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) August 6, 201
I hail from Ambala Cantt, same as Sushma Swaraj ji. Always felt proud that a woman from our small town made it big, and made a difference. Sushma ji rest in peace. You inspired me on a personal level. #RIPSushmaSwarajJi— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) August 6, 2019
A huge loss for India- An outstanding orator, an absolute patriot, a tall leader @SushmaSwaraj Ji is no more. As an Ext Affairs minister she was always accessible to every Indian who was in need of help. My deepest condolences to the family, loved ones & millions of followers https://t.co/FuHNbQMOGX— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 6, 2019
Deeply saddened that Sushma Swaraj has passed away.Inspite of political differences we had an extremely cordial relationship. I was 1 of her Navratans as she called us during her I and B ministership and she gave industry status to film. Articulate sharp and accessible. RIP— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) August 6, 2019
RIP Sushma ji. Absolutely shocked and devastated to hear about her passing. She was always close to me and was extremely kind, since the early days. My heartfelt condolences to the family & our entire nation for this great loss.— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) August 6, 2019
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