Sushma Swaraj laid to rest with full state honours

BJP stalwart and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj was cremated with full state honours at Delhi’s Lodhi crematorium, this evening. Hundreds of people, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and veteran party leader L K Advani, bid farewell as her mortal remains were consigned to flames.

Swaraj, who also served as the Leader of Opposition and chief minister of Delhi, was given full state honours after which her body was cremated in the electric crematorium. Her daughter Bansuri Swaraj performed the last rites of the former Union minister.

Bhutan’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, several leaders from the NDA as well the opposition, were also present. The body of the long-time BJP leader, who died here last night at the age of 67, was brought to the crematorium from the party office.

The mortal remains of the BJP stalwart were earlier kept at the BJP headquarters in Delhi for leaders and workers to pay tributes. Senior BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, JP Nadda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal and others carried the mortal remains of Sushma Swaraj as it was shifted from the BJP HQ to be taken to the crematorium.

BJP workers and mourners on Wednesday gathered in large numbers at the party headquarters on Wednesday to pay their last respects to Sushma Swaraj, veteran leader, former external affairs minister and also “didi” to many of them.

Some cried inconsolably and others fought back their tears as top party leaders, including BJP president Amit Shah and working president J P Nadda, covered Swaraj’s body with the national flag and paid their tributes.

Crowds chanted “Jab tak suraj chand rahega didi tera naam rahega” (Her name will endure till as long as the Sun and the Moon), bidding her goodbye after the hearse carrying her left her home.

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