IMPHAL, Aug 7 - The Manipur Government today declared a two-day state mourning as a mark of respect for senior BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
The national flag will be flown at half-mast in all government offices and buildings during the state mourning to be observed today and tomorrow in honour of the departed leader, who passed away in New Delhi last night, said an official order issued by the General Administration Department of Manipur.
“There will be no official entertainment programme during the days of mourning,” the order added.
Meanwhile, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has condoled the sudden demise of Swaraj. In his condolence message, the Chief Minister said, “On her demise, India has lost a great leader and a sincere politician. Her departure has left a huge void in Indian politics.”
Manipur Assembly Speaker Y Khemchand, IPR Minister Th Biswajit and Revenue Minister K Shyam also condoled the demise of Swaraj, who was called “India’s Best-Loved Politician” by The Wall Street Journal in 2017.
Several government functions and inauguration programmes have been postponed in view of the sudden demise of Swaraj, who was also honoured as an outstanding Parliamentarian in 2004.
The foundation stone-laying ceremony for improving schools under the State Government’s ‘School Fagathansi Mission’, which was scheduled to be held at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat today, has been deferred.
Similarly, the 5th National Handloom Day and a tree plantation programme, which were scheduled to be held here today, have also been postponed.