BJP stalwart LK Advani expressed grief at the demise of senior party leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, whom he called “one of the closest colleagues” and a “remarkable leader”.
In a heartfelt letter, Advani remembered the time when Swaraj became a part of the BJP and how in the passage of time, she became one of the “most popular and prominent leaders” of the party.
“I am deeply distressed at the untimely demise of one of my closest colleagues, Sushma Swaraj ji. Sushmaji was someone who I have known and worked with since the beginning of her illustrious innings in the Bharatiya Janata Party. When I was the President of the BJP in the eighties, she was a promising young activist who I had inducted into my team. And over the years, she became one of the most popular and prominent leaders of our party- in fact, a role model for women leaders,” he wrote in the letter.
Calling Swaraj a “brilliant orator”, he further recalled how the BJP stalwart used to bring chocolate cake to Advani on his birthday. “A brilliant orator, I was often amazed at her ability to recall incidents, events and present them with utmost clarity and eloquence. Sushmaji was also a fine human being. She touched everyone with her warmth and compassionate nature. I do not recall a single year when she missed bringing my favourite chocolate cake to me on my birthday”, he added.
Advani said that the nation has lost a remarkable leader. “To me, it is an irrepairable loss and I will miss Sushmaji’s presence immensely. May her soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to Swaraj ji, Bansuri and all members of her family. Om Shanti,” he said.