Ground Report | News Desk
Former foreign minister of India, Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night. The senior BJP leader suffered from Cardiac arrest and was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where she breadth her last.
Sushma was part of the Narendra Modi government from 2014-2019 where she held the crucial portfolio of Minister of External Affairs.
Swaraj was introduced into political affairs at an early age. She was born on February 14, 1953, in Ambala Cantt, Haryana. Her father was a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) worker. Swaraj began her political career with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in early 1970s.
In 1977, Sushma Swaraj became the youngest cabinet minister, at the age of 25 years. She was elected to Parliament for seven times and was the first female chief minister of Delhi. She became CM in 1998. Later she served as Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and went on to become the leader opposition during Manmohan years.
Apart from being a skilled orator, admirable leader she was also a member of the law community. Sushma practiced as a lawyer of Supreme Court in early 70s.
The former minister is survived by her husband Swaraj Kaushal.
Moments after the news of her passing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing her sorrow said, “A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people..”