Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit passes away at 81

New Delhi | 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.”

President Ram Nath Kovind also tweeted on the sad demise of former Delhi CM. He wrote, “Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates.”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also wrote about the demise of Sheila Dikshit. He wrote, “I’m devastated to hear about the passing away of Shiela Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond. My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his condolence on the demise of Dikshit. Kejriwal wrote, “Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Mrs. Sheila Dikshit ji. It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace.”

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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