Sushma Swaraj cremated under full state honours

2019-08-07 at 18:17

India Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who died of a cardiac arrest late yesterday, has been cremated under full state honours at a crematorium in New Delhi.

Hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and veteran party leader LK Advani, gathered to pay their final respects to Swaraj.

The body of the long-time BJP leader, who passed away at a hospital in Delhi, at the age of 67, was brought to the crematorium from the party office.

Her remains were wrapped in the tricolour.

The news of her death prompted an outpouring of grief and condolences both from fellow politicians and from Indians across the globe.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said India had “lost a much-loved leader who epitomised dignity, courage & integrity in public life”.

Rahul Gandhi, former president of the Indian National Congress, the official opposition, said he was shocked by Ms Swaraj’s sudden death, calling her an “extraordinary political leader, a gifted orator & an exceptional Parliamentarian, with friendships across party lines”.