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Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit passes away

Last updated on: July 20, 2019 21:52 IST

IMAGE: Sheila Dikshit served as Delhi's chief minister for 15 years from 1998-2013 and also served as the governor of Kerala. Photograph: PTI Photo

Three-time Delhi chief minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit passed away on Saturday afternoon at a private hospital in New Delhi after suffering a cardiac arrest, doctors said. She was 81.

Dikshit breathed her last at 3.55 pm at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute.

She was brought to the hospital on Saturday morning in a 'critical condition with cardiac arrest', a Fortis Escorts statement said.

 

"A multi-disciplinary team of doctors, led by Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, carried out the advanced resuscitative measures. Her condition stabilised temporarily.

"However, she had another cardiac arrest and despite all the resuscitative efforts, passed away at 3:55pm on July 20, 2019," it said.

Her body has been kept at her Nizamuddin East residence, where several leaders from Congress and opposition parties, visited to pay their last respects. The last rites would be performed on Sunday at the Nigambodh ghat.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited her residence and was accompanied by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.

IMAGE: Media personnel outside Fortis Escorts Heart Institute where former Dikshit breathed her last, in New Delhi, on Saturday. Photograph: Ravi Choudhary/PTI Photo

United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia, Ahmed Patel, Kiran Walia, Jagdish Tytler, Shivraj Patil, Nagma and Ashok Walia, Bharatiya Janata Party's Vijay Goel and Communist Party of India-Marxist's leaders Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat were among those who came to pay their last respects.

Dikshit was one of Congress's tallest leaders. She was president of Delhi Congress. She served as Delhi's chief minister for 15 years from 1998-2013.

Known as a warm and affable politician, Dikshit carried out massive infrastructure development of Delhi during her tenure.

She also launched a number of social welfare schemes with involvement of resident welfare associations as part of her participatory model of governance.

An able administrator, Dikshit could get along well with politicians from all parties for which she drew widespread respect.

She unsuccessfully fought the recent Lok Sabha elections from the North-East Delhi constituency.

She represented New Delhi constituency in Delhi Vidhan Sabha.

IMAGE: Congress leader Rahul gandhi called Dikshit a 'beloved daughter of the party, with whom I shared a close personal bond'. Photograph: PTI Photo

Dikshit became an MP 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.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Modi, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among those who condoled her death.

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

Naidu termed her a good administrator.

Condoling the demise of Dikshit, Modi said she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi's development.

'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,' he tweeted.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said he was devastated to hear the news.

He called her a 'beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond'.

He said she served 'selflessly as a three-term chief minister'.

Kejriwal said Dikshit's death is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh said the country has lost a dedicated Congress Leader of the masses.

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