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Death Anniversary of Sushma Swaraj-former EAM

06/08/2020

• Sushma Swaraj, (Sushma Sharma), (born February 14, 1952, Ambala, Haryana, India—died August 6, 2019, New Delhi), • Sushma Swaraj, was a Indian politician and government official who served in a variety of legislative and administrative posts at the state (Haryana) and national (union) levels in India. • Sushma Swaraj, served as the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Lok Sabha (lower chamber of the Indian parliament) for five years (2009–14) and as minister of External Affairs (2014–19) in the BJP-led cabinet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. • Sushma Swaraj’s father, Hardev Sharma, was prominent in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). • Sushma Swaraj completed a law degree at Panjab University in Chandigarh, and in 1973 registered as an advocate in the Supreme Court of India. • In 1977, as a member of the Janata Party,Sushma Swaraj ran for office for the first time and was elected to a seat in the legislative assembly of Haryana state. • Sushma Swaraj was the youngest Cabinet Minister in 1977, at the age of 25. • Sushma Swaraj was the minister of Information and Broadcasting (September 2000–January 2003) and both Health and Family Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs (January 2003–May 2004) in the NDA government. • Sushma Swaraj won the 2014 Lok Sabha polls as part of the BJP’s landslide victory and was given the important portfolios for External Affairs and for Overseas Indian Affairs in Prime Minister Modi’s cabinet. • In late 2016, Sushma Swaraj suffered kidney failure. • Sushma Swaraj decided not to go for the election 2019 and left Modi’s cabinet at the end of his first term. In August of that year she died of cardiac arrest. • In 2020 Sushma Swaraj was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honours.

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