Swaraj made her mark with her hands-on approach towards her responsibilities and ability to connect with people as the external affairs minister in the first Narendra Modi-led government. Senior BJP ministers Nitin Gadkari, Harsh Vardhan and SS Ahluwalia were present at AIIMS.
During her tenure as the External Affairs Minister between May 2014 and May 2019, Sushma Swaraj was known for her promptness in helping Indians overseas, be it arranging for passport and visa on a short notice or helping families stranded there. She was also an Union minister between 1977 and 1980 in the Janata Party government, and had served as the minister for information and broadcasting during the term of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance government from 2000 to 2003.
Tributes poured in from leaders across the party lines. She was only the second woman to be the External Affairs Minister after Indira Gandhi. My thoughts are with her family, supporters and admirers in this very unfortunate hour.
"A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. Om Shanti", Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet. Swaraj Kaushal became the youngest Governor in the country in 1990. "The whole nation grieves, the Foreign Ministry even more so", he said. She was the youngest Cabinet minister of Haryana at just 25 years of age and also the first woman chief minister of Delhi besides being the first minister to advocate "digital diplomacy", as was evident with her prompt and round-the-clock presence on Twitter to help Indians overseas.
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Swaraj was elected to the Parliament seven times.
Modi further said: "Sushma Ji was a prolific orator and outstanding Parliamentarian".
To another Twitter user who asked if she could help him with a "defective refrigerator", she wrote: "Brother I cannot help you in matters of a Refrigerator". May her soul rest in peace.
"We are saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj".
The mortal remains of the former External Affairs Minister reaches her residence near Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi. Then 64, she underwent a 6-hour long procedure at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital with a team of 50 doctors.