Punjab announces half-day for all govt departments, schools as mark of respect for BJP leader Sushma Swaraj

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Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh-led Punjab government announced a half-day leave for all government departments and government schools as a mark of respect to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stalwart leader Sushma Swaraj, who passed away on Tuesday due to sudden cardiac arrest.

In a statement, the Punjab Government stated, ‘Punjab govt declares a half-day holiday in govt offices as a mark of respect to Former External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. The holiday will be for the second half of the day (afternoon)’.

While earlier in the day, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh paid tribute to former union minister.

Shocked to learn of the sudden demise of Sushma Swaraj ji. I will always remember her as a dynamic and sensitive leader with the ability to empathize with the common people. Will miss her. May your soul rest in peace!’, said Punjab Chief Minister in a tweet.

READ: Political Journey of Sushma Swaraj: A glimpses of woman leader rising through ranks

In the meantime, AAP-led Delhi and Manohar Lal Khattar‘s Haryana government announced a two-day state mourning as a mark of respect for senior BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Stalwart and Former External Affairs Miniter Sushma Swaraj breathed her last on August 6, Tuesday, in AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) Delhi. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Stalwart passed away because of sudden Cardiac arrest. She had in 2016 underwent a Kidney transplant.

She had opted out of the poll race from the national elections 2019 because of her illness.

She had served 4 terms in Lok sabha and had represented Madhya Pradesh’s Vidisha Lok Sabha Seat twice during 15th and 16th Lok Sabha. She also served three tenure in the Rajya Sabha. She also holds the landmarking feat of being the first woman Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998.

Leaders from all over the nation, cut across party lines, have been visiting her residence to pay tribute to the leader and to extend their support to the family.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, working President JP NaddaRahul GandhiSonia Gandhi, among others visited her residence situated at Dhawan Deep Building situated in the national capital and expressed their condolence over the tragic loss.

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