#RIPSushmaji: Last rites of Swaraj performed with full state honours

The last rites of Swaraj, who was the chief minister of Delhi from October-December 1998, will be held at Delhi's Lodhi Road crematorium later in the day.

Saima Siddiqui
Published on: 7 Aug 2019 9:35 AM GMT
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New Delhi: The mortal remains of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj were consigned to flames on Wednesday at the Lodhi Road crematorium here.

Hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and veteran party leader L K Advani bade her farewell.

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 leaders from the NDA as well the opposition, were also present.

The body of the long-time BJP leader, who died here on Tuesday at the age of 67, was brought to the crematorium from the party office.

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Sushma Swaraj has been given a final farewell in the BJP office with state honor. At her final farewell Swaraj's daughter, Bansuri Swaraj bade passionate farewell to her mother and saluted the mortal remains with a heavy heart.

Following the demise of BJP senior leader and former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, the traffic will remain affected near Lodhi Road due to the cremation ceremony, on Wednesday.

The last rites of Swaraj, who was the chief minister of Delhi from October-December 1998, will be held at Delhi's Lodhi Road crematorium later in the day.

BJP workers, admirers gather in large numbers at party office

BJP workers and mourners on Wednesday gathered in large numbers at the party headquarters on Wednesday to pay their last respects to Sushma Swaraj, veteran leader, former external affairs minister and also "didi" to many of them.

Some cried inconsolably and others fought back their tears as top party leaders, including BJP president Amit Shah and working president J P Nadda, covered Swaraj's body with the national flag and paid their tributes.

The body of the late leader was brought from her residence to the party's headquarters.

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Crowds chanted "Jab tak suraj chand rahega didi tera naam rahega"

Her name will endure till as long as the Sun and the Moon, bidding her goodbye after the hearse carrying her left her home.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar were among the senior party leaders who arrived at the party office to offer their tributes to Swaraj.

Outside, the crowds surged, waiting for their turn to pay their last respects.

Among them was Gyandeep Bharti, a UPSC aspirant, who said she was impressed by Swaraj's personality and how she went out of her way as external affairs minister to help people in distress.

There was also Salim Mansooru, who came from Sangam Vihar and remembered her for her humility and affection.

A group of flower sellers from R K Puram said they always gave her flowers on her birthday and have now come to offer flowers for one last time.

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Saima Siddiqui

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