India: BJP's Sushma Swaraj dies of heart attack

10:39 PM | 6 Aug, 2019
India: BJP's Sushma Swaraj dies of heart attack
NEW DELHI – Former Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj passed away after suffering a massive heart attack, the country's media said on Tuesday.

The veteran politicians of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was 67. She was admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in a critical condition on this evening.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Ms. Swaraj as a "prolific orator and outstanding parliamentarian" and "an excellent administrator".

In another tweet, he wrote: "Sushma Ji’s demise is a personal loss. She will be remembered fondly for everything that she’s done for India. My thoughts are with her family, supporters and admirers in this very unfortunate hour."

The main opposition party, Indian National Congress, expressed its grief over Sushma's death, sending condolences to the family.

In 1977, Sushma Swaraj became the youngest ever Cabinet minister in the South Asian country at the age of 25.

She also held the distinction of being the first female chief minister of capital Delhi. Sushma was also the first and the only female MP honoured with India's Outstanding Parliamentarian Award.

A former Supreme Court lawyer, Swaraj served as the Minister of External Affairs of India from 26 May 2014 to 30 May 2019; she was the second woman to hold the office, after Indira Gandhi.

Last November, she had announced she will not be contesting the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.