New Delhi, Aug 7: Condoling the demise of former External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, party patriarch L K Advani on Wednesday said she touched everyone with her warmth and compassionate nature and a role model for women leaders. 'Sushmaji was also a fine human being. She touched everyone with her warmth and compassionate nature. I do not recall a single year when she missed bringing my favourite chocolate cake to me on my birthday,' Mr Advani said in a statement.
The nation has lost a remarkable leader, he stated. Describing her demise as 'an irreparable loss' to him, Mr Advani said he will miss Sushmaji’s presence immensely. He conveyed heartfelt condolences to 'Swaraj ji, Bansuri and all members of her family'. 'Sushmaji was someone who I have known and worked with since the beginning of her illustrious innings in the Bharatiya Janata Party. When I was the President of the BJP in the eighties, she was a promising young activist who I had inducted into my team.
'And over the years, she became one of the most popular and prominent leaders of our party- in fact, a role model for women leaders. A brilliant orator, I was often amazed at her ability to recall incidents, events and present them with utmost clarity and eloquence,' he said in his message. Late Swaraj was blue-eyed-girl of Mr Advani in more ways than one and after 2009 poll debacle when BJP and Advani himself decided to opt for a change in leadership in the Lok Sabha; Sushma Swaraj used to be very particular and used to tell media:
"Never report, I have replaced Advaniji...We have grown up under him. It is only at his directives that I decided to take the responsibility as Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha". UNI