International desk- Former Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj died at the age of 67.
Swaraj, one of the leading women in Indian politics and leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, breathed her last at Delhi’s All India Institute Of Medical Sciences after she suffered cardiac arrest on Tuesday evening.
She was cremated with state honours on Wednesday afternoon in the presence of top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP patriarch LK Advani among others.
Modi turned emotional as he paid homage to Swaraj, one of India’s most-admired political leaders.
Her body was kept at the BJP headquarters for party workers and leaders to pay tributes and then moved to the Lodhi Crematorium where all top leaders paid their respects.
President Ram Nath Kovind visited Swaraj’s home in central Delhi’s Jantar Mantar Road to pay his last respects. He interacted with her husband Swaraj Kaushal and other family members. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Amit Shah also paid tribute, according to NDTV.
Sonia Gandhi of the Congress Party was seen hugging Ms Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri. Her son Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too visited Ms Swaraj’s home.
The Delhi government declared a two-day mourning in the national capital as a mark of respect for Swaraj.