Former Delhi CM And Senior Congress Leader, Sheila Dikshit, Dies At 81

Former Delhi Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit Saturday passed away in New Delhi after a prolonged illness. She was 81 years old.

Dikshit was the longest-serving Chief Minister of Delhi, having served in office for 15 years from 1998.

She was admitted to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla early today.

Doctors said that Dikshit was admitted to the hospital in a critical condition with cardiac arrest.

“A team of doctors carried out advanced resuscitative measures. Her condition stabilised temporarily. At 3:15 PM, she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was put on a ventilator and at 3:55 PM she passed away,” Dr Ashok Seth, Director, Escorts Fortis said.

Dikshit had undergone heart surgery in France last year. In November 2012, she had undergone angioplasty and was also treated for infection some time ago.

The Delhi unit of the Congress said that her body has been kept at her Nizamuddin East residence and the last rites would be performed on Sunday at the Nigambodh ghat.

The Delhi government has announced two-day state mourning in view of former Dikshit’s demise.

“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,” Delhi Chief Minister and Sheila’s successor Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.

Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi expressed his grief over her death. “I’m devastated to hear about the passing away of Sheila 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,” he tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over former Delhi CM’s demise and said: “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.”

President Ramnath Kovind also expressed grief over the demise of three-time Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit.

Her Political Journey

Dixit was president of Delhi Congress. She served as Delhi’s chief minister for 15 years from 1998-2013 and also served as the governor of Kerala.

Born in Punjab’s Kapurthala, Dikshit became a Member of Parliament for the first time from Kannauj Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh in 1984. She was also a close associate of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and a minister in his cabinet.

The 81-year-old was appointed as the president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee earlier this year, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.

Dikshit was defeated by Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party in 2013.

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