Leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj died at 67 in Delhi, reported on Tuesday in the Times of India. She was taken late Tuesday to All India Medical Sciences Institute in Delhi, where she passed away, reports said.
A declaration has not yet been released by the hospital. Further details are expected.
Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal and Prahalad Singh Patel went to AIIMS, according to ANI. Hours before her death, Swaraj had tweeted to congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi on revoking Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted unique privileges to Jammu and Kashmir.
From 2014 to 2019, Swaraj served as the foreign minister in the Narendra Modi-led central government. She was also a minister of the Union in the government of the Janata Party from 1977 to 1980, serving as the minister of data and broadcasting during the term of the government of the National Democratic Alliance led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 2000 to 2003.
Swaraj was Delhi’s former chief minister, serving as the opposition leader in the Lok Sabha between 2009 and 2014.
Last year, Swaraj, an MP from Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha constituency, said she was not going to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
प्रधान मंत्री जी – आपका हार्दिक अभिनन्दन. मैं अपने जीवन में इस दिन को देखने की प्रतीक्षा कर रही थी. @narendramodi ji – Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 6, 2019