Veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi condoled the loss of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and expressed shock at the sudden demise of the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. The veteran leader said that Sushma Swaraj held a very high place in Indian politics and she worked for women empowerment without the desire of being a minister or holding a post.
"She is well-remembered for her role in revamping the External Affairs Minister. She made sure that the ministry was reachable to the common man and that was something very great. The public could tweet their concerns to her and she would immediately respond", the leader said.
Born in Ambala cantonment in what is now Haryana on February 14, 1954, Sushma Swaraj majored in Sanskrit and Political science at the Sanatan Dharma College in the Ambala Cantonment, before studying law at the Punjab University. She started practicing law as an advocate at the Supreme Court of India in 1973, and in the same decade, also joined the ABVP. She participated in Jayprakash Narayan's movement during the Emergency and subsequent to that, joined the newly founded BJP..
"I remember Sushma Swaraj when she was 26 years of age, she used to come from Haryana to meet George Fernandes and Chandrashekar Azad. She was well settled back then in politics and was a part of the Haryana assembly. Her brand of politics impressed the nation and from then onwards, generations have been benefitted by her schemes", Joshi said.
The former Delhi Chief Minister had tweeted hours before her shocking demise, congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanking him for scrapping Article 370 and said that she wanted to see this day at least once in her lifetime.
"She always wanted it to happen and it is a common feeling shared by all members of the party. I have no doubts about her devotion to the party or her ideology. Maybe it was god's will that she should be alive to see Article 370 go and then received her divine call", he added.
Devastated with the untimely demise of one of his closest colleagues, BJP veteran LK Advani said that Sushma Swaraj was someone who he has known and worked with since the beginning of her illustrious innings in the party.
In his statement paying tribute to the prominent political figure, Advani added that when he was BJP President in the eighties, Swaraj was a promising young activist who he had inducted into the team. Hailing her zeal and dedication towards the work, the veteran BJP leader further added that "she became one of the most popular and prominent leaders of the party- a role model for women leaders.
"A brilliant orator", Advani called the former EAM adding that she touched everyone with her warmth and compassionate nature. Adding that it is an irreparable loss for him, the former BJP chief said that he could not recall a single year when she missed bringing his favourite chocolate cake to me his birthday.