PM Narendra Modi walks hand in hand with LK Advani (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP veteran LK Advani and senior party leaders bid adieu to Sushma Swaraj as she was cremated with full state honours at Lodi crematorium on Wednesday. Soon after the rituals, PM Modi and LK Advani walked out together from the crematorium.
PM Modi took Advani's hand and led him some of the way as they walked out. Union Minister Rajnath Singh took his other arm. Earlier today, LK Advani along with his daughter Pratibha visited Sushma Swaraj’s house to pay their last tributes. During his visit, he was seen fighting back his tears.
#WATCH Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, VP Venkaiah Naidu, senior BJP leader LK Advani, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh & others leave from Lodhi Crematorium. #SushmaSwaraj pic.twitter.com/NvThkFueR2— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also broke down as he paid a very emotional, teary-eyed tribute to Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj died after a massive cardiac arrest on Tuesday. She was 67. PM Modi paid tributes at the residence of former External Affairs Minister on Wednesday. The Prime Minister was seen consoling Sushma Swaraj’s daughter Bansuri and her husband Swaraj Kaushal.
A visibly emotional PM was seen standing quietly next to the casket in which Swaraj’s mortal remains have been kept for the last glimpse. On Tuesday, soon after her death was confirmed by an official AIIMS announcement at 11 pm, PM Modi took to Twitter to express his shock and grief.
In a series of tweets, PM Modi had lauded Swaraj’s exceptional oratory skills. “Sushma Ji was a prolific orator and outstanding Parliamentarian. She was admired and revered across party lines. She was uncompromising when it came to matters of ideology and interests of the BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to,” PM Modi had tweeted.
“An excellent administrator, Sushma Ji set high standards in every Ministry she handled. She played a key role in bettering India’s ties with various nations. As a Minister we also saw her compassionate side, helping fellow Indians who were in distress in any part of the world,” he said in another tweet.
“I can’t forget the manner in which Sushma Ji worked tirelessly as EAM in the last 5 years. Even when her health was not good, she would do everything possible to do justice to her work and remain up to date with matters of her Ministry. The spirit and commitment was unparalleled,” he further added.
“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 Prime Minister said on the micro-blogging site.