New Delhi: Former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday (August 6). She was 67.

Karnataka leaders express their grief over the loss of the veteran BJP leader.

Chief minister and BJP leader BS Yediyurappa expressed his deep sorrow. He tweeted, "Nation mourns today the loss of one of the strongest leaders and finest spokespersons India has seen. Her work as the MEA has been impeccable and as a politician she inspired many women to enter politics. May her soul rest in peace. Om Shanti (sic)."

Former chief minister and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy tweeted, "I'm shocked to learn about the sudden demise of Former Chief Minister of Delhi, Former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj Ji. May her soul rest in peace. My condolences to her family and loved ones (sic)."

Congress leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah said he was deeply shocked to know that Sushma was no more.

Union minister DV Sadananda Gowda, Karnataka Congress president Dinesh Gundu Rao, state Congress working president Eshwar Khandre and many senior leaders joined lakhs of mourners to express their grief.

Sushma’s mortal remains will be kept at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi from 12 noon to 3 pm. After this, Sushma will be cremated with full state honours at the Lodhi Crematorium in the national capital.