Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday paid tributes to senior BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who passed away at the age of 67 on Wednesday night. Swaraj, who was India’s first full-time woman foreign minister (Indira Gandhi held additional charge of the ministry when she was prime minister) suffered the cardiac arrest late in the evening and was immediately taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). She died after efforts to revive her failed.
In a tweet, Kohli wrote, “Deeply saddened by the news of Sushma Ji’s demise, may her soul rest in peace.”
Politicians cutting across party lines, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati, tweeted their condolences. Several Union ministers and other senior BJP leaders had visited AIIMS to meet the family of the former external affairs minister.