Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit passes away at 81
New Delhi: Former Delhi Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit died here on Saturday. She was 81.
The veteran leader was admitted to a city hospital at around 10.30 AM today. She died at 3.30 PM while undergoing treatment.
Dikshit served as Delhi’s Chief Minister for 15 years from 1998 to 2013.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi were among the first ones to offer condolences on the former Delhi CM’s demise.
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 #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 20, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/jERrvJlQ4X
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2019
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.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 20, 2019
Dikshit underwent a heart surgery in France last year. She recently fought Lok Sabha elections from North East Delhi, but was defeated by BJP candidate Manoj Tiwari.