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Delhi govt declares 2-day state mourning over the demise of Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi | The Delhi government today declared a 2-day state mourning over the demise of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

Speaking to News Agency ANI, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said,” Delhi government has decided to declare 2-day state mourning over the demise of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.”

Former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit today passed away at the age of 81.

Dikshit was the longest-serving Chief Minister of Delhi for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013. She was also the Governor of Kerala from March 2014 to August 2014. Informing about her demise Dr. Ashok Seth, Director, Escorts Fortis said,” Sheila Dikshit was managed well by a team of doctors. At 3:15 pm she again suffered a cardiac arrest. She was put on the ventilator and at 3:55 pm she passed away peacefully.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing his condolence on Twitter wrote,” Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti.”

Sheila Dikshit began her political carrier with the Congress party and got elected to the Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh Kannauj constituency from 1984- 1989. She also served as a Union Minister during 1986–1989, first as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and later as a Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office in the Rajiv Gandhi cabinet.

The former Delhi CM was appointed as the president of the Congress Delhi Unit ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

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