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Nation bids farewell to former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj

Swaraj, who also served as the Leader of Opposition and chief minister of Delhi, was given full state honours after which her body was cremated in the electric crematorium.Bhutan’s former Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, several leaders from the NDA as well the opposition, were also present.

As Sushma Swaraj, known for her traditional sari and red bindi and an outspoken advocate of India’s culture and grace left on her last journey, people in large numbers congregated to bid adeiu to a person they held in the highest esteem.

There was a non stop stream of well wishers who came to pay their last respects to her at her residence, then at the BJP headquarters and even at the electric crematorium in Lodhi Road.

Sushma Swaraj, who held all several key posts during her long political career both in Govt and the opposition was given a funeral with full state honors.

Thousands assembled at the Lodhi Road crematorium. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, senior party leader LK Advani and a host of party leaders and dignitaries paid their last respects at the crematorium. All of them had moist eyes. PM Modi was seen giving a helping hand to senior party leader L.K. Advani

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, BJP Working President JP Nadda, and many Union ministers and senior BJP leaders were present to bid farewell to their colleague and mentor

Several NDA as well as Opposition leaders, and dignitaries including former Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay were present at the ceremony of the last rites.

After her demise on Tuesday her body was kept at her residence in Jantar Mantar for people to pay their last respects. Well wishers came through the night to pay her their tributes. President Ram Nath Kovind paid his last respects and consoled the family as did Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned emotional as he visited the home of the former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. After paying his respects to Sushma Swaraj, Prime Minister Modi expressed his condolences to her daughter Bansuri Swaraj. While talking to Sushma Swaraj’s husband, Swaraj Kaushal, an emotional Prime Minister was seen holding back his tears.

On Tuesday after Sushma Swaraj’s demise, PM Modi in a series of tweets mentioned the personal loss that her passing was to him. He tweeted that she will be remembered fondly for everything that she’s done for India. BJP’s working president J P Nadda, also offered his last respects to the departed soul.

Leaders cutting across party lines expressed shock at the sudden demise of the former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday. Among them were Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Samajwadi party veteran Mulayam Sing Yadav, AAP leader Sanjay Singh and manish sisodia. They remembered her excetional oratory skills as a distinguished parliamentarian.

Derek O Brian of TMC, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, BJP leader Hema Malini, former Chief Minister of Kerala Oomen Chandy and Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi also paid tributes to Sushma Swaraj.
BJP workers and mourners on Wednesday gathered in large numbers at the party headquarters to pay their last respects as the mortal remains were brought to the party office from her residence in Jantar Mantar. Some cried inconsolably and others fought back their tears as top party leaders, including BJP president Amit Shah and working president J P Nadda, covered Swaraj’s body with the national flag and paid their tributes.

Her daughter Bansuri stood there and acknowledged condolences from the people and leaders who had gathered there in large numbers. UP CM Yogi Adityanath also offered his last repsects at the BJP office.  

Afterwards, the mortal remains were taken for cremation in a hearse to the Lodhi road crematorium and consigned to flames. It was the end of one of the most glorious chapters in Indian politics.


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