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Monday, Dec 16, 2019

‘Axe to grind with you, Didi’: Smriti Irani’s moving post on Sushma Swaraj

Smriti Irani posted an emotional message on Twitter after former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj died following a cardiac arrest.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2019 12:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
On Wednesday, the Union minister for textiles and women and child development called Swaraj an inspiration to a large number of women workers.
On Wednesday, the Union minister for textiles and women and child development called Swaraj an inspiration to a large number of women workers.(PTI FILE)
         

As scores of political leaders paid their tributes to BJP’s Sushma Swaraj, who died on Tuesday night, Union minister Smriti Irani has talked about an unfulfilled promise.

Smriti Irani posted an emotional message on Twitter after former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj died following a cardiac arrest.

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“I have an axe to grind with you Didi. You made Bansuri pick a restaurant to take me for a celebratory lunch. You left without fulfilling your promise to the two of us,” Smriti Irani tweeted on Tuesday referring to Sushma Swaraj’s daughter.

 

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On Wednesday, the Union minister for textiles and women and child development called Swaraj an inspiration to a large number of women workers.

“A motivation of numerous women activists, Didi’s sudden death has shocked us all. Today, I sympathise with her mourning family. If we dedicate our lives to the upliftment of women as an activist, it will be a true tribute to Didi,” Smriti Irani also tweeted about her former cabinet colleague.

 

Sushma Swaraj will be cremated with full state honours later in the day at Delhi’s Lodhi Road crematorium. The government of Delhi declared two-day mourning for the leader who served as its chief minister.

Prime Minister Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind joined a stream of political leaders who paid tributes to the veteran BJP leader at her residence. Her body will be shortly taken to the BJP’s office in central Delhi and will be kept there for a few hours to allow people to pay last respects.