Former Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was cremated with full state honours at the Lodhi Road crematorium on Wednesday. Hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and veteran party leader Lal Krishna Advani were present.
Swaraj, who also served as the Leader of Opposition and chief minister of Delhi, was given full state honours after which her body was cremated in the electric crematorium. Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, several ruling leaders and opposition, were present.
Swaraj died on Tuesday night at the age of 67 after suffering a massive cardiac arrest.
Other leaders who paid their respects included Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, BJP working president JP Nadda, New Delhi MP Meenakshi Lekhi, Senior Congress leaders Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.
Describing Swaraj as a great parliamentarian and a lady of “extraordinary gifts”, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi said she shared a warm personal relationship with her and felt her loss greatly.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi described Swaraj as an extraordinary parliamentarian and a gifted orator, adding that her legacy will live on and continue to touch the lives of millions of Indians.
Leaders from the US, China, Bangladesh, Iran and Singapore also condoled Swaraj’s demise and recalled her important role in cementing India’s relations with the world.