Sushma Swaraj passes away: Mourners chant 'Sushmaji amar rahe' slogans

Published: Aug 07, 2019, 16:48 IST | mid-day online correspondent

The two slogans chanted most were "Sushmaji amar rahe" and "Jab tak suraj chand rahega, Sushma tera naam rhega"

Sushma Swaraj passes away: Mourners chant 'Sushmaji amar rahe' slogans
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers pay tribute to India's former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj in Amritsar on August 7, 2019. Pic/AFP

New Delhi: Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's admirers couldn't control their tears as her mortal remains made their way from her residence to the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. Scores of admirers sprinted along with the vehicle that carried Swaraj's body ahead of the last rites and kept shouting slogans hailing the veteran politician, breaking down frequently.

The two slogans chanted most were "Sushmaji amar rahe" and "Jab tak suraj chand rahega, Sushma tera naam rhega". So shrill was the sloganeering that the sirens in the convoy carrying Swaraj's had to get louder to clear the path.

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A large number of people, neighbours included, thronged the house close to Jantar Mantar monument before the body draped in the national flag was taken out of her residence, where it was kept since her death overnight.

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The convoy that carried her body was guided by a police pilot, the convoy included a white Ambassador car followed by the ambulance carrying the mortal remains. Her family was in another vehicle. A bus at the end carried some of her supporters and close friends.

Thirunavukkarusar, a Congress MP from Tamil Nadu, told IANS, "She was one of the best MPs we had, a good orator and above all she was a human with a heart of gold. She will be remembered as one of the tallest leaders in India."

Raj Kumar Sharma, a BJP worker from Haryana's Ballabgarh area said, "She was always present when the party needed her. She had values and she was affectionate to people." Swaraj died of cardiac arrest at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Tuesday night.

Edited by mid-day online desk with inputs from IANS

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Sushma Swaraj passes away: Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi pay tribute
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    BJP veteran leader and former Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj passed away in New Delhi on August 6, 2019, after suffering a cardiac arrest. Swaraj, who was regarded as one of the most dynamic politicians in the country was 67 years old.

    In pic: Mohammad Zuhaib, an artist from Uttar Pradesh, pays his last respects to the late SushmaSwaraj by making a charcoal portrait of her.

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to the mortal remains of the late Sushma Swaraj as Vice President Venkaiah Naidu offers his condolences to the family members of the late Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi. Pic Courtesy/PIB

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    Prominent politicians and leaders across parties visited the residence of Sushma Swaraj to offer their condolences and pay their last respects to one of the most dynamic leaders of the nation. President of India, Ram Nath Kovind was one of the first visitors to pay tribute to the late Sushma Swaraj.

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    Senior BJP leader and veteran politician LK Advani walked in along with his daughter Pratibha Advani to pay tributes to former EAM Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi. Advani's daughter Pratibha was seen getting emotional as she hugged Swaraj's daughter Bansuri.

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    Former Congress President Sonia Gandhi too visited the residence of the late Sushma Swaraj along with Rajiv Shukla to pay homage to the late BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.

     

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    In pic: Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah offers his condolences to Swaraj Kaushal, husband of late BJP leader Sushma Swaraj.

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    Former Congress President and MP from Wayanad, Kerala, Rahul Gandhi arrived at the residence of the former Union minister Sushma Swaraj to pay tribute to the late leader.

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    Parliamentarians observed silence during an obituary reference of former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in the Rajya Sabha, during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi.

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    In picture: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other parliamentarians observe silence during an obituary reference of former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj in the Rajya Sabha.

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    In pic: Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP Working President J P Nadda and other leaders review preparations at the BJP Headquarters in New Delhi before the arrival of the mortal remains of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj 

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    In Pic: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia pay their last respects to former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi.

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    In pic: Sushma Swaraj's husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri Swaraj stand beside the mortal remains of the late Sushma Swaraj at their residence in New Delhi.

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    In picture: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and party leader Satish Chandra Misra pay tribute to the mortal remains of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi.

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    In pic: Former chief minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy expresses his condolences to Swaraj Kaushal and Bansuri Kaushal, husband and daughter of the former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi.

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    In pic: Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O'Brien expresses his condolences to Bansuri Swaraj, daughter of the late Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi.

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    Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi pays homage to the mortal remains of former external affairs minister, late Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi.

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    In pic: An unidentified woman gets emotional as she pays tributes to the former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj at her residence in New Delhi.

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    Former Prime Minister of India and Congress leader Dr. Manmohan Singh pays his last respects to former External Affairs Minister and BJP leader, late Sushma Swaraj.

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    In pic: Israeli Ambassador to India, Ron Malka pays last respects to former External Affairs Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Sushma Swaraj.

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