Veteran Congress leader and three time Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, passes away

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit passed away aged 81 years.

On Saturday morning, she was admitted in Escorts hospital in critical condition following a cardiac arrest. A team of multidisciplinary doctors then operated on her, following which her condition was stable. However, another cardiac arrest struck and at 3:55pm despite all resuscitative efforts she passed away.

Her cremation is scheduled Sunday 2pm in Delhi’s Nigam Bodh Ghat.

Dikshit was one of the longest serving Chief Minister of the capital serving 15 years in power from 1998 to 2013 after losing power to Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal. However in 2019 Lok Sabha elections Congress party, under her leadership, managed to push ruling AAP to third place on 5 of the 7 national capital seats in terms of voteshare but still lagging behind PM Modi’s Bhartiya Janata Party.

She was also known to be a close aide of Rajiv Gandhi serving as a cabinet minister during the time.

Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia has declared a 2-day state mourning for the former CM.

PM Modi was one of the first leader to condole her death on Twitter followed by other leaders.

Swaraj, former Minister of External Affairs, called her opponent in politics but a “friends in personal life.”

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi calling her death a beloved daughter of Congress party.

Bollywood star Akshay Kumar among other actors too condoled her death.

Delhi CM Kejriwal called her demise ”a great loss for city.”

President Ram Nath Kovind too paid condolences for her demise.

Along with leaders, many Twitter users condoled death of one of most notable politicians of capital.

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