Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on the night of August 6, leaving the nation shocked and saddened. The veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader breathed her last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Delhi, following a cardiac arrest. She was 67 years old.
Tributes poured in for Sushma Swaraj from several Bollywood celebrities, who were devastated by the tragic news.
I hail from Ambala Cantt, same as Sushma Swaraj ji. Always felt proud that a woman from our small town made it big, and made a difference. Sushma ji rest in peace. You inspired me on a personal level. #RIPSushmaSwarajJi— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) August 6, 2019
I had the good fortune of meeting #sushmaswaraj ji (Minister I&B) in 2001 when she visited #RamojiFilmCity where @geneliad & me were shooting for our debut film #TujheMeriKasam-she blessed us & wished us success, as newcomers it energised & encouraged us-ThkYou for your grace mam— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 6, 2019
India has lost its extraordinary leader, minister and personality.. May God bless her soul 🙏 #SushmaSwaraj— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) August 6, 2019
Saddened to hear about the sudden demise of Sushma Swaraj ji . May her soul rest in peace 🙏— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) August 6, 2019
RIP. Sushma Swaraj ji.— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) August 7, 2019
An Iron Lady who was not only a true patriot but an incredible inspiration for each and every one of us. An epitome of women empowerment and leadership.#SushmaSwaraj ji you will be missed and remembered forever. My deepest condolences and prayers to the family 🙏#RIPSushmaJi pic.twitter.com/OLrXJMuf0X— Vivek Anand Oberoi (@vivekoberoi) August 6, 2019
#RIPSushmaSwarajJi …an amazing leader, orator and minister….. condolences to the family…🙏🙏🙏— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) August 6, 2019
Sushmaji..we shall miss you dearly..🙏🏼— ashabhosle (@ashabhosle) August 6, 2019
However, she did not contest the recently-concluded Lok Sabha 2019 elections and opted out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new cabinet, due to health reasons.
Just hours before she passed away, Sushma Swaraj thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed her happiness at the passing of the Jammu & Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, which divided the state into two Union Territories – Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh. “Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime,” she tweeted.