Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj dies at 67
Sushma Swaraj, the former external affairs minister who always helped many Indians in distress abroad and acquired a reputation as one of the most accessible minister in the first term of Narendra Modi Government, died suddenly on Tuesday night after a cardiac arrest. She was 67.
Sushma Swaraj was the first full time women foreign minister of India suffered the cardiac arrest on Tuesday evening and was immediately taken to the All Indian Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS). She died after the efforts to revive her failed.
“She was brought to the hospital after she had collapsed at home. She reached AIIMS emergency at about 09:35 pm,” said a hospital spokesperson. A team of doctors attempted cardiopulmonary resuscitation(CPR) to revive her, but she couldn’t make it. “All resuscitative measures were taken, but she could not be revived,” the spokesperson added.
She served as minister of information and broadcasting as well as health minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP government from 1998 to 2004. She won the 2009 election to the 15th Lok Sabha from the Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency in Madhya Pradesh and became Leader of Opposition. Harsh Vardhan, Union health minister, who was at the hospital, confirmed her death. The last rites of Sushma Swaraj, will be held at Delhi’s Lodhi Road crematorium later on Wednesday, as the government of Delhi declared two-day mourning for the leader who served as a chief minister of the state. .
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