Sushma Swaraj last rites LIVE updates: Swaraj cremated with full state honours

Senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday. Her last rites will be performed around 3 PM in Delhi, with state honours.

She was 67.

The body will be kept at the party headquarters from 12pm-3 pm for people to pay their respects on Wednesday after which it will be taken to the Lodhi Crematorium for the last rites, Nadda told reporters at the hospital.

A host of Union ministers and other senior party leaders visited AIIMS and met the bereaved family of the former external affairs minister.


4:40 PM

Sushma Swaraj’s cremation concludes.

Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has been cremated with State honours at Lodhi Crematorium. Top dignitaries and others who came to the crematorium to pay their respects are now vacating the premises.


4:27 PM

Full state honours being bestowed on former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away last night after suffering a major heart attack.


4:20 PM

Mortal remains of former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj taken for last rites, as political leaders pay their last respects at Lodhi crematorium in New Delhi.


4:13 PM

Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay also present at Lodhi crematorium for the last rites of Sushma Swaraj.


4:00 PM

Bal Thackeray once backed Swaraj for PM’s post: Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut paid tributes to Sushma Swaraj and recalled that she was Bal Thackeray’s first choice as the prime ministerial contender, when current Prime Minister Narendra Modi had still not emerged on the national scene and was active in Gujarat politics.
“Balasaheb saw her as a firm leader. She had thanked him for blessing her. Such was their relationship,” Raut told a regional news channel.


3:36 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi,BJP President Amit Shah and Union Home Minister present at Lodhi crematorium for Sushma Swaraj’s last rites.


3:15 PM


2:40 PM

Sushma Swaraj gets wrapped in tricolour

2:30 PM

MDH owner Mahashay Dharampal Gulati pays tribute to Sushma Swaraj, gets emotional

Mahashay Dharampal Gulati, the owner of MDH spice company, gets emotional after paying tribute to former External Affairs Minister.


2:00 PM

We called her ‘didi’, today she is no more with us: Jaya Prada, BJP

‘We called her ‘didi’ and today she is no more with us. She was a mother, a sister, a huge politician & a great orator as well. She did a lot for the country, especially for the poor. We have lost a great, honest & a remarkable leader,’ says BJP’s Jaya Prada.


1:30 PM

Kulbhushan Jadhav case lawyer Harish Salve remembers Sushma Swaraj


1:25 PM

1:00 PM

Amit Shah, J P Nadda review preparations at BJP headquarters

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP Working President J P Nadda and other leaders reviewed preparations at the BJP headquaters before the mortal remains of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj were brought there, in New Delhi on Wednesday.


12:50 AM

Sushma Swaraj’s body being shifted to BJP headquarters

The mortal remains of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj is being shifted to the party headquarters on Wednesday, after being kept at her residence since the previous night.

The body will be kept at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in the heart of the capital for public to pay homage till 3 pm. It will be later taken to the Lodhi crematorium for the last rites: IANS


12:44 PM

Haryana Government will observe a 2-day State mourning in honour of senior BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister.


12:32 PM


12:20 PM

Rahul Gandhi pays respects


12:00 PM

Sushma Swaraj was an exceptionally talented minister: Former PM Manmohan Singh

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh on August 7 expressed shock at the demise of senior BJP leader and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, describing her as a great parliamentarian and exceptionally-talented Union minister.

“I was shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Smt Sushma Swaraj. I have fond memories of my association with her when she was Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha,” Singh said in his condolence message.

The former prime minister said Swaraj was highly respected by everybody irrespective of party lines.

“She was a great Parliamentarian and exceptionally talented Minister of the Union Government. In her death our country has lost a respected and dedicated leader,” he said.


11:45 AM

Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray

The demise of Sushma Swaraj ji is a huge loss to the nation. Her last 10 years, first as LoP and then as EAM were as inspirational as her rise in politics of the early days. The country has lost a statesman who went beyond political lines. I was fortunate to see the way she redefined the role of not just an LoP, her speeches with graceful aggression compelled the govt to act, but also as External Affairs Minister, which till her tenure was thought to be isolated from the common man. Our condolences to her family.


11:30 AM

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pays respects

11:15 AM

J&K governor Satya Pal Malik, “Difficult to fill the space left by her”

“I express grief over the sudden demise of former Union Minister and veteran political leader Sushma Swaraj. It’s difficult to fill the space left by her. I pray for peace to departed soul and strength to the bereaved family in their hour of grief”


10:43 AM

‘Shocked at the sudden passing’: Mamata Banerjee


10:40 AM

Former Ambassador to India and SriLanka pays respects

10:35 AM

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to reach Sushma Swaraj’s residence shortly.


10:20 AM

UN Assembly’s General Secretary calls Swaraj an ‘extraordinary woman’


10:19 AM

French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler pays tribute

10:00 AM


9:45 AM

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa has paid his last respects to Sushma Swaraj, at her residence.


9:35 AM

BJP National Working President JP Nadda has paid his last respects to Sushma Swaraj, at her residence.


9:30 AM

PM Modi pays respects to Sushma Swaraj

9:00 AM

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