Senior Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit passed away at the age of 81 on Saturday in Delhi. She served as Delhi's chief minister for three consecutive terms between 1998 and 2013.
Senior Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit passed away at the age of 81 on Saturday at the Escorts hospital in Delhi. She died at 3.55 pm.
The hospital, in a statement, said despite all resuscitative efforts, Sheila Dikshit died after a cardiac arrest
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted: 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 and the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who condoled the demise of Sheila Dikshit, said she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi's development. "Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti," PM Modi tweeted.
Sheila Dikshit was serving as the Delhi Congress chief, a charge she took over in January this year, ahead of the national elections. She had contested the Lok Sabha elections from North East Delhi constituency, but lost to the BJP's Manoj Tiwari.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said, "Sheila Dikshit Ji loved me, whatever she did for Delhi and the country, people will remember it. She was a big leader of party, her contribution towards party, politics of nation and especially to Delhi, is immense."
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also condoled the demise of his predecessor and said Ms Dikshit's contribution will always be remembered.