Sushma Swaraj cremated with full state honours

NewDelhi, Aug 7 : Former external affairs minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj, who passed away after she suffered a cardiac arrest on Tuesday night  cremated at the Lodhi Road crematorium with full state honours on Wednesday.

Mortal remains of the late former Delhi chief minister were kept at her residence in the morning. They were later moved to the BJP headquarters. PM Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, veteran BJP leader LK Advani were among prominent personalities who paid last respects at Sushma Swaraj’s residence and met her family members.

The 67-year-old veteran BJP leader complained of restlessness at 9 pm on Tuesday and was rushed to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at 9.30 pm. A team of doctors tried to revive her for over 80-90 minutes, however, she was declared dead at 10.50 pm.

Sushma Swaraj Funeral LIVE:
3.45 pm: Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj have reached Lodhi Road crematorium. She will be cremated with full state honours.

3.08 pm: Sushma Swaraj begins her final journey. Mortal remains are now being taken to the Lodhi Road crematorium.

3.04 pm: Dalai Lama pays tributes to Sushma Swaraj, says, “Sushma Swaraj enjoyed immense respect for her compassionate concern for people&her friendly demeanour. In devoting herself to service of others, she led a very meaningful life.”


2.56 pm: Bansuri Swaraj and Swaraj Kaushal, daughter and husband of former External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj, pay salute as state honours are accorded to her.

“Sushma Swaraj was a steadfast advocate for her compatriots. As External Affairs Minister, she was a key partner in strengthening US-India bilateral relationship, most prominently during the inaugural 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in September 2018,” US Embassy in Delhi.

2.16 pm: Harish Salve, who represented India at the ICJ in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case spoke to Swaraj just 10 minutes before she got a cardiac arrest. “I was simply stunned yesterday on hearing about her demise. At 8:45 pm I had a talk with her. She said ‘you have to come&take your fees of Re.1 for Jadhav case’. Just 10 min post that, she had a cardiac arrest,” Salve said.

1.00 pm: Mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj at BJP HQ, will remain there till 2 pm after which they will be taken to Lodhi Road crematorium where she will be laid to rest in full state honours.

12.18 pm: The mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj are being shifted to BJP headquarters in the national capital from her residence. The body will be kept at the BJP HQ for the public to pay homage till 2 pm.

11.18 am: “In her untimely demise, the nation has lost an able administrator, an effective parliamentarian and a true voice of people,” says M Venkaiah Naidu as Rajya Sabha pays tribute to Sushma Swaraj.

10.57 am: “I convey my condolences on behalf of people & the state of Israel. It is a great loss. She was a great friend of Israel. She played a big role in the remarkable progress in Israel-India relationship,” says Israeli Ambassador to India, Ron Malka.

10.46 am: Union Home Minister Amit Shah pays tribute to his party colleague Sushma Swaraj at her residence. Speaking to media outside her residence, Shah said that the nation will remember her contribution for years to come.




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