Former Delhi chief minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit dies at 81

Clay Curtis
July 20, 2019

Former Delhi Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit passed away on Saturday. Post 2014 Delhi Assembly defeat, she was made governor of Kerala and subsequently, the politician wanted to lead a life of retirement.

According to the Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Dikshit, who was Chief Minister for three consecutive terms (1998-2013), suffered cardiac arrest and was brought to the hospital on Saturday morning in a critical condition. After a short hiatus, Dikshit returned to active politics earlier this year when the Congress made her the Delhi unit president after incumbent Ajay Maken chose to step down citing health reasons. The fact that Sheila Dikshit had to be recalled twice from her days of retirement shows that no junior leader in Delhi was able to create a stature equal to her.

Delhi's large infrastructure is Sheila Dikshit's contribution.

"Delhi govt has chose to observe a two-day state mourning as a mark of respect in the memory of former Chief Minister and veteran leader Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji". Condolences to her family and supporters. She took last breath at the age of 81.

"I am saddened and shocked at the passing away of Smt Sheila Dikshit. However, she had another cardiac arrest and despite all the resuscitative efforts, passed away at 3:55pm on 20th of July 2019". She was also personally asked by Congress president Rahul Gandhi to contest the election from North East Delhi Lok Sabha seat against BJP's Manoj Tiwari.

Kovind said Dikshit's term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered.

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Krishi Jagran would like to express its heartfelt condolence to the family. For the next fifteen long years, she remained the uncrowned queen of Delhi transforming the national capital.

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.

Rahul's sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra spoke to ANI about how Dikshit contributed towards party, politics of nation and especially to Delhi. He called her a "beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond". Here is a timeline of the political career of the late Delhi CM.

To her advantage, the BJP government too had lost its sheen because of continuous infighting, as a result of which Delhi saw three chief ministers - Madan Lal Khurana, Sahib Singh Verma and Sushma Swaraj - in five years.

Former PM Manmohan Singh said the country has lost a "dedicated Congress Leader of the masses".

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