With the demise of former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president of Assam unit, Ranjeet Kumar Dass directed all the karyakartas to hold mourning meetings at district levels and cancelled the membership drive which was scheduled to take place on August 7th, 2019 across the state.
67-year-old Swaraj was admitted to the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences on August 6th, 2019 following a deterioration in her health. She passed away at the hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest at 8:50 pm. Her last rites will be performed on August 7th, 2019 at 3 pm.
Soon after the news of Swaraj’s demise broke, Dass expressed grief and tweeted, “Sushma Swaraj Ji will be greatly missed and her demise is an unbearable loss. I pray that her soul finds eternal peace and may her family and friends be blessed with the strength to endure these times of grief.”
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also mourned the loss of ‘India’s most beloved and tallest leader’ Swaraj and tweeted, “Deeply saddened at the untimely demise of Sushma Swaraj ji, former External Affairs Minister & one of India’s most beloved & tallest leaders. I offer my heartfelt condolences to her family & friends. Her great legacy will continue to inspire us. #SushmaSwaraj.”
Condolences poured in from all quarters of the country and world following the death of former External Affairs Minister. Swaraj did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and chose to sit out of the government this year on account of her health.
Guwahati | First Published: Aug 07, 2019