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She epitomized dignity, decency and unwavering commitment to public service: Narendra Modi tweets on Sushma Swaraj

She epitomized dignity, decency and unwavering commitment to public service: Narendra Modi tweets on Sushma Swaraj

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 14 Feb 2020, 03:46 am

New Delhi/IBNS: Indian PM Narendra Modi on Friday remembered former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on her birth anniversary and said she  epitomised dignity, decency and unwavering commitment to public service.

"She epitomized dignity, decency and unwavering commitment to public service. Firmly rooted in Indian values and ethos, she had great dreams for our nation. She was an exceptional colleague and an outstanding Minister," Modi tweeted.

In a solemn tribute to the 'invaluable contribution' of former External Affairs Minister late Sushma Swaraj to Indian diplomacy, the cause of the Indian diaspora and the ethos of public service, the MEA decided to rename the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra in New Delhi as Sushma Swaraj Bhawan.

It was renamed Foreign Service Institute also in New Delhi, as Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service.

The announcement has been made on the eve of her birth anniversary falling on 14th February in honour of the legacy and decades of public service of the former External Affairs Minister.

Swaraj breathed her last on Aug 6 due to a massive heart attack.

A senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, Swaraj was the second woman to hold the office Ministry of External Affairs, after Indira Gandhi.

She was elected seven times as a Member of Parliament and three times as a Member of the Legislative Assembly.

At the age of 25 in 1977, she became the youngest cabinet minister of the Indian state of Haryana. She also served as 5th Chief Minister of Delhi from 13 October 1998 to 3 December 1998.