Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma have condoled the demise of former external affairs minister and senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, hailing her as “one of India’s tallest leaders and an epitome of integrity”.
The state Bharatiya Janata Party has cancelled all scheduled programmes for the day as a mark of respect to Swaraj.
The chief minister said Swaraj’s legacy would continue to inspire leaders like him.
“Deeply saddened at the untimely demise of Sushma Swaraj ji, former External Affairs Minister & one of India’s most beloved & tallest leaders,” Sonowal tweeted on Tuesday. “I offer my heartfelt condolences to her family & friends. Her great legacy will continue to inspire us.”
Deeply saddened at the untimely demise of Sushma Swaraj ji, former External Affairs Minister & one of India's most beloved & tallest leaders.
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) August 6, 2019
Himanta Biswa Sarma described her as a kind-hearted politician who was known for her commitment towards work.
“A light has just, shockingly, gone out of our lives. Deeply pained at demise of our beloved leader Smt Sushma Swaraj ji. A kind-hearted and towering politician with an incredible career, her loss is shocking,” the finance minister posted on Twitter.
A light has just, shockingly, gone out of our lives.
Deeply pained at demise of our beloved leader Smt Sushma Swaraj ji.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) August 6, 2019
“I feel a terrible vacuum today. An epitome of integrity, efficiency and enormous commitment to work, #SushmaSwaraj ji was an extremely pious soul,” he added.