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August 07, 2019 / 10:29 PM IST

Highlights: Sushma Swaraj cremated with full state honours, India in mourning

Live updates: Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away in Delhi last night; will be cremated with state honours today

Former Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj passed away on August 6 at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi. 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.

Sushma Swaraj’s mortal remains will be kept at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi from about 12.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

After this, Swaraj would be cremated with full state honours at

the Lodhi Crematorium in the national capital.

Several senior ministers, including Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, reached AIIMS after she was admitted to the hospital.

Hours before her demise, 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.

She had a kidney transplant in 2016 and had opted out of contesting Lok Sabha polls earlier this year for health reasons.

She is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri.
  • August 07, 2019 / 09:02 PM IST

    Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away late on the night of August 6, was one of the most accessible politicians, literally a tweet away. 

  • August 07, 2019 / 09:02 PM IST
  • August 07, 2019 / 05:30 PM IST

    Sushma Swaraj made a lasting impression among the Lankan public: PM Wickremesinghe  Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday expressed sorrow at the demise of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, saying that her efforts to achieve regional policy objectives made a lasting impression among the Lankan public.    In a condolence message sent to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said,   "I have always known Mrs Swaraj as a true friend of Sri Lanka, a neighbour and a relative of Sri Lanka who held a pleasing personality,"    Wickremesinghe said that Swaraj's focus on the bilateral relationship while keeping an interest on achieving regional policy objectives made a lasting impression among the Lankan public.   During her tenure as the Indian foreign minister, the level of friendship between the two countries achieved greater heights, he said

  • August 07, 2019 / 04:32 PM IST

    Update: Last rites conclude. Sushma Swaraj cremated with full state honours.  

  • August 07, 2019 / 04:22 PM IST

    Update: Full state honours being bestowed on former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away last night after suffering a major heart attack.  

  • August 07, 2019 / 04:15 PM IST

    Update: Mortal remains of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj taken for last rites, as political leaders pay their last respects at Lodhi crematorium in New Delhi. 

  • August 07, 2019 / 04:12 PM IST

    Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu pays his last respects to Sushma Swaraj at Lodhi crematorium.

    Earlier today, he had said, "She was like my sister who always addressed me as 'Anna' (elder brother). She was a regular at family and cultural events at my residence for a long time. Every year, on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan, she used to tie 'Rakhi' on my hand. I would be missing this honour this year. I have lost a valuable sister in her demise, which is an irreparable loss to me."


  • August 07, 2019 / 04:07 PM IST

    Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal laid the wreath on the mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj was also the chief minister of Delhi for a brief period in the year 1998. 

  • August 07, 2019 / 04:05 PM IST

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah pays his last respect to the former External Affairs Minister, who passed away last night due to a cardiac arrest. Shah had earlier said, "Her untimely demise is not a big loss for the BJP alone, but also for national politics." 

  • August 07, 2019 / 04:02 PM IST

    BJP Veteran LK Advani lays the wreath on his protege. Earlier today, he had said, "I am deeply distressed at the untimely demise of one of my closest colleagues, Sushma Swaraj ji.”

    Calling her "a role model for women leaders", he remembered how the former external affairs minister had never missed bringing his favourite chocolate cake on each of his birthday.

  • August 07, 2019 / 03:56 PM IST

    Rajasthan Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot pays his last respects to Sushma Swaraj at Lodhi crematorium. 

  • August 07, 2019 / 03:53 PM IST

    Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay also present at Lodhi crematorium for the last rites of Sushma Swaraj.

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