Sheila Dikshit, Delhi’s longest-serving chief minister, and a senior Congress leader died on Saturday at the age of 81. Dikshit was admitted to the Escorts Hospital in the national capital a few days ago, her family and the party said. She suffered a cardiac arrest and breathed her last around 3.55 pm. “Mrs. Sheila Dixit was brought in the morning of July 20 to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla, in a critical condition with a cardiac arrest,” the hospital said in a statement.
“A multi-disciplinary team of doctors, led by Dr. Ashok Seth, chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, carried out the advanced resuscitative measures. Her condition stabilized temporarily. However, she had another cardiac arrest and despite all the resuscitative efforts, passed away at 3:55 pm on July 20,” it added.
Sheila Dikshit was the senior-most Congress leader in its Delhi unit. She served as Delhi’s chief minister for 15 years. She was also very close to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Sheila Dikshit 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, Sheila Dikshit carried out massive infrastructure development of Delhi during her tenure. She also launched a number of social welfare schemes with the involvement of resident welfare associations as part of her participatory model of governance.
An able administrator, Sheila Dikshit could get along well with politicians from all parties for which she drew widespread respect.
She unsuccessfully fought the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from the North-East Delhi constituency. She represented New Delhi constituency in Delhi Vidhan Sabha.
Sheila 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. She also served as governor of Kerala.
In a tweet, the Congress said it regrets the death of Sheila Dikshit.
The party said as chief minister, she transformed the face of Delhi in her 15-year tenure. “We regret to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit. Lifelong congresswoman and as three-time CM of Delhi she transformed the face of Delhi. Our condolences to her family and friends. Hopefully, in this moment of sorrow they will find power, “the Congress said.
Writer: Sakshi Gupta