New Delhi: Former foreign minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj passed away in New Delhi on Tuesday evening. The BJP veteran, who suffered a massive heart attack, was 67.
Earlier, she was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi after her health deteriorated. She was brought in to the hospital after she complained of restlessness around 9 pm. Senior BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari and Harsh Vardhan reached the hospital shortly thereafter.
Swaraj served as the minister of external affairs from May 26, 2014 to May 30, 2019; she was the second woman to hold the office, after Indira Gandhi. She was elected seven times as an MP and three times as an MLA. At the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest cabinet minister of Haryana. She also served as the fifth chief minister of Delhi from October 13, 1998 to December 3, 1998.
In her last Twitter post, Swaraj thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the government’s move on Kashmir stating that she was waiting for this day in her lifetime.
Swaraj, who was for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s most prominent woman face, did not contest the recently held Lok Sabha elections in which the party won with a massive majority. Last November, she had announced she would not contest the general elections.