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Modi, Rahul, Smriti, Sharad Yadav grieve side by side for ‘one of a kind’ Sushma Swaraj

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.

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Twitter was flooded with messages of grief after the sudden demise of former Union Minister Sushma Swaraj. What was uncanny – perhaps even prophetic – was her last tweet Tuesday evening where she thanked Prime Minister Modi for scrapping Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, telling him that she had been waiting to see this day in her lifetime.

PM Modi tweeted multiple times remembering his former colleague and her place in history.

Sushma Swaraj’s successor at the external affairs ministry, S Jaishankar, said what many would agree with – that the foreign ministry will miss her the most. She did leave behind some large boots to fill.

Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley shared a heartfelt post. We shall miss her too, sir…

Union Minister Smriti Irani rued the “unfilled promises” of a meeting, as she expressed her sense of loss.

Swaraj’s popularity across party lines is evident from the number of Congress leaders who visited her home to pay their respects, including Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. The  latter also tweeted his praise of Swaraj.

Loktantrik Janata Dal leader Sharad Yadav issued a touching tribute to Swaraj, sharing a photo-collage of some moments they had shared.

In other news is the disarray in Congress: leader Jyotiraditya Scindia went against his party’s position and came out in support of the Centre’s move on Kashmir. Now we understand  at least one of those “50 shades of grey” that Congress’s Manish Tewari had referred to in his Lok Sabha speech Tuesday.

Assam MP Gaurav Gogoi used the Northeast as an example of  the decisions on Article 370. Make what you will of it.

And in the US, Californian Representative and Presidential candidate Kamala Harris is planning in advance: she promises to come down hard on gun regulation if and when she occupies the Oval Office. President Trump may have something to say about that…

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