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Senior BJP Leader Sushma Swaraj Passes Away at 67

Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night, AIIMS sources said. She was 67.

The senior BJP leader was brought to AIIMS at 10:15 PM and was straight away taken to the emergency ward. She died from an apparent cardiac arrest.

Sushma Swaraj decided not to contest the 2019 Indian general election due to health reasons as she was recovering a kidney transplant and “save herself from dust and stay safe from infection” and hence did not join the Modi Ministry in 2019.

Sushma Swaraj born on 14 February 1953 was an Indian politician and a former Supreme Court lawyer. A senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, 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. She had been elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly. At the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest cabinet minister of Indian state of Haryana. She also served as 5th Chief Minister of Delhi from 13 October 1998 to 3 December 1998.

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