The fiery, feisty and indefatigable senior BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at Delhi’s AIIMS hospital on Tuesday night and among the many paying condolences to her, Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devg, Mallika Sherawat, Adnan Sami, Lata Mangeshkar and others too expressed their grief over her sudden demise. Aged 67, Sushma Swaraj passed away following a cardiac arrest.
Taking to their respective Twitter handles, while Amitabh wrote, “A very sad news! A very strong politician, a sociable person, a wonderful spokesperson. Prayer for her soul to rest in peace (sic)”, Hema Malini shared, “Sushmaji always appreciated my dance and in particular my presentation of “Ganga” over which she went into raptures in public. She was a lovely person with an aura of her own and she held her head high as a senior minister in the cabinet where she was surrounded by men. Miss you Sushmaji (sic)” and Anil Kapoor expressed, “It’s with a heavy heart that we bid goodbye to the fierce leader and exceptional human being that was Sushma Swarajji. Her loss will be felt deeply by the whole nation as we keep the memory of her leadership and wisdom alive in our hearts…RIP Iron Lady (sic).”
Check out Bollywood’s condolence tweets for Sushma Swaraj here:
Swaraj had served as the Minister of External Affairs of India from May 26, 2014, to May 30, 2019. In fact, Swaraj was the second woman to hold the office after Indira Gandhi. The former Supreme Court lawyer was elected as a Member of Parliament for seven times and served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly thrice.
Earlier on Tuesday evening, Swaraj tweeted in praise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the Centre’s bold move to abolish the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcate the border state into two Union Territories secured Parliament’s approval. “Thank you Prime Minister. Thank you very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime,” she said.