Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a tweet, said Sushma Swaraj's demise is a "personal loss"
Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away in Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on August 6.
According to a CNN News 18 report, Swaraj had suffered a cardiac arrest, and was rushed to AIIMS as her condition was critical. Attempts to revive her had failed.
Leaders across political parties condoled the veteran leader's death.
Sushma Ji’s demise is a personal loss. She will be remembered fondly for everything that she’s done for India. My thoughts are with her family, supporters and admirers in this very unfortunate hour. Om Shanti.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, said that he was "extremely shocked" to hear of Swaraj's passing.
Extremely shocked to hear of the passing of Smt Sushma Swaraj. The country has lost a much loved leader who epitomised dignity, courage & integrity in public life. Ever willing to help others, she will always be remembered for her service to the people of India #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 6, 2019
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that he was "shocked and saddened" by the news of Swaraj's passing.
"Shocked & saddened by this news. I last saw Sushmaji at PM's swearing-in two months ago. She was a brilliant speaker in Hindi, a genuine "people's person" in Government & I was proud of our excellent relationship when I chaired the External Affairs Committee. Om Shanti..." Tharoor said.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that he was "deeply shocked and anguished" by Swaraj's death."Deeply shocked and anguished by the sudden demise of an extremely valued colleague Smt. Sushma Swaraj. She was a seasoned Parliamentarian and widely respected cutting across the party lines. Her demise is a monumental loss for us," Singh tweeted.
Sushmaji rose through the ranks to become the External Affairs Minister of India.
During her tenure as the Foreign Affairs Minister she introduced a new sensitivity and sensibility in the functioning of the MEA. She was known as the People’s Minister.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 6, 2019
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that Swaraj's passing away is a "personal loss" for him, the BJP and the country.
"Since the inception of the party, she played a key role in its expansion. When I was the President of BJP, she gave me guidance as an elder sister," Gadkari tweeted.Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu said that he was"shocked" to hear about the "sudden demise of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Ji."
Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj Ji. Her contribution to the nation in various leadership roles will never be forgotten. Her stellar work as MEA will be looked upon as an exemplary model of governance. I pray God to give strength to the family pic.twitter.com/V241dX5sON
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) August 6, 2019