Asia Veteran Indian politician Sushma Swaraj passes away

Veteran Indian politician Sushma Swaraj passes away

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India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj

Veteran Indian politician Sushma Swaraj, who most recently served as minister of external affairs, passed away on Tuesday, following a cardiac arrest.

Swaraj, 67, a senior leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), had opted out of contesting elections earlier this year citing health reasons.

“A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end,” tweeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor.”

A former Supreme Court lawyer, Swaraj was the senior most woman in Modi’s cabinet in his first term, which ended in May.

Swaraj was an active social media user, who often responded on Twitter and intervened to help people seeking assistance.

She was also known as a fiery politician and nationalist.

President Ram Nath Kovind said India had “lost a much loved leader who epitomised dignity, courage & integrity in public life.” The opposition Congress party said it was “saddened”.

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