New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid condolences to former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at a condolence meet and said: "her speeches were not only effective, but also very inspiring."

"She was very strong in her opinions and also she tried to stay committed to them. Her speeches were not only effective, but also very inspiring," he said.

Speaking about Swaraj, Modi said that she was multifaceted personality and was someone who was always ready to take up challenges.

"Today, various people have shared their thoughts about Sushma Ji. She was a multifaceted personality and we, Karyakartas of the BJP have seen very closely what a great personality she was," Modi said.

"I remember Venkaiah Naidu Ji and me going to Sushma Ji, and asking her to go to Karnataka to fight elections. The outcome was certain but she was someone who was always ready to take up challenges," he added.

Modi further said that Swaraj's speeches were both Prabhavi and Prerak and she remains an inspiration for several people.

"Krishna Bhakti was integral to Sushma Ji. She would always abide by the ideals and teachings of Bhagwan Shri Krishna," he said.

Praising Swaraj, Modi said that in any ministerial duty she held, Swaraj brought a change in the work culture there.

"In any ministerial duty she held, Sushma Ji brought about a marked change in the work culture there. One would conventionally associate the MEA with protocol but Sushma Ji went a step ahead and answered the people’s call, making the Ministry people friendly," Modi said.

"The number of passport offices rose significantly during the tenure of Sushma Ji. This shows how much she cared about the people," he added.

Modi said that the special thing Swaraj was that she never hesitated to speak her mind and always spoke with firmness.

"We are used to people saying politically correct things but Sushma Ji was different. She did not hesitate to speak her mind and she spoke with firmness. This was special about her," he added.

Swaraj died on August 6 after suffering a cardiac arrest. She had complained of restlessness and was rushed to Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Doctors at AIIMS said that she had suffered a cardiac arrest and could not be revived despite all their efforts.

A condolence meet was held for her on Tuesday evening at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where PM Modi along with Home Minister Amit Shah and several other signatories met with Swaraj's daughter Bansuri and husband Swaraj Kaushal.

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