The news of the demise stunned all … specially her close associates and parliamentarians who were just trooping out of the capital by flights and by road after the Budget Session ended this evening. A pall of gloom descended over the capital which saw her in many top positions of power. All through her terms, she maintained great dignity in public conduct, and she was a powerful orator both in Parliament and outside.
|With husband and daughter…|
Sushma was born in Ambala Cantonment in 1952. Her husband Swaraj Kaushal, daughter Bansuri and other family members were present at the hospital when the end came. Union Health minister Dr Harshvardhan, Union ministers Prahlad Joshi and Nitin Gadkarai had also rushed to the AIIMS after the news of her hospitalization spread.
The former minister had tweeted in support of the Kashmir bills after its passage in Parliament. “Thank you Prime Minister. Thank You very much. I was waiting to see this day in my lifetime,” she tweeted at 7.23pm, and after a short while was rushed to hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, saying Sushma’s demise was a “personal loss” to him. Though she was initially identified with the LK Advani group in the BJP when Modi became PM, she later built bridges with the PM and the two got along well.
Sushma’s husband Swaraj Kaushal was a practising criminal lawyer in the capital. He was named a senior advocate in Supreme Court at age 34. He also served as Governor of Mizoram in the early 1990s. In the mid 1970s, he had defended Socialist leader George Fernandez in the Baroda Dynamite Case related to the Emergency days. He was also MP for a couple of terms, and once both Sushma and Kaushal were in Rajya Sabha together. Daughter Bansuri is graduate from Oxford, where she studied law at Inner Temple. Bansuri is now practising as a criminal lawyer in Delhi High Court.
PM MODI’s HOMAGE, CONDOLENCES …
Tweeted Modi: “Sushma Ji’s demise is a personal loss. She will be remembered fondly for everything that she’s done for India. My thoughts are with her family, supporters and admirers in this very unfortunate hour. Om Shanti.”
The Congress condoled her death and tweeted, “We are saddened to hear about the untimely demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. Our condolences to her family and loved ones.”