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Sushma Swaraj's demise is a personal loss: PM Modi

PM Modi with former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 07, 2019, 07.43 AM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condoled the sudden demise of Bharatiya Janata Party's most loved and admired leader, former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

Swaraj was rushed to AIIMS, Delhi after she suffered a cardiac arrest but could not be resuscitated. 

The prime minister described her death as a "personal loss". 

"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. Om Shanti," PM Modi's tweet read. 

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"A glorious chapter in Indian politics comes to an end. India grieves the demise of a remarkable leader who devoted her life to public service and bettering lives of the poor. Sushma Swaraj Ji was one of her kind, who was a source of inspiration for crores of people," his tweet read. 

The Prime Minister called her an "excellent administrator", "prolific orator" and an "outstanding Parliamentarian" who "worked tirelessly" even when her health was not good. 

Sushma Swaraj was one of the most prominent faces of the BJP who immensely contributed to the party's growth and never shied away from taking challenges.

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Her rise in politics coincided in some ways with the growth of BJP as a party. She left a mark in roles as a union minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government, as leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha from 2009 to 2014, and as External Affairs Minister in the first term of Narendra Modi government.

A four-time member of Lok Sabha and three-time of Rajya Sabha, she did not contest in 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing her ill health.

(With inputs from ANI)

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The Prime Minister called her an 'excellent administrator', 'prolific orator' and an 'outstanding Parliamentarian' who 'worked tirelessly' even when her health was not good.