New Delhi: Shiela Dixit, the three-time Delhi Chief Minister and senior Congress leader, takes her last breath at the age of 81 on Saturday. The veteran Congress leader passed away in a Delhi hospital.
Reportedly, the former Delhi CM was admitted at Escorts hospital in the morning on Saturday for being unwell.
Born on 31 March 1938, she had made the record of being the Delhi CM for 15 consecutive years that ranged from 1998 to 2013.
In her last election of the Delhi Legislative Assembly held on December 2013, she was defeated by Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal and Kejriwal later replaced her as the Delhi chief minister.
Her sudden demise has come as a shock to the entire nation and for the politicians of all political parties. Leading politicians like Mehbooba Mufti and others along with the common masses have taken to tweet their regards and condolences on the demise of one of the great political leaders of all time.
Shocked to hear about the sudden demise of Smt Sheila Dixit. She was one of the tallest leaders in Congress & transformed Delhi in her tenure as CM. My deepest condolences to her family & loved ones.
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) July 20, 2019
Before this, an almost sound and fit Sheila Dixit was also appointed as the President of the city unit in January this year. She had replaced Ajay Maken as he had decided to step down from the position citing his health issues.
The party leader of Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and others have expressed their grief and shock over the sudden death of Dixit. With a vast experience of working with the leaders of the Congress right from late Indira Gandhi, late Rajiv Gandhi to the present generation of the Gandhi family, Sheila Dixit had worked with every Congress chief and was well-favoured for her dutifulness.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too took to tweet his feelings on her demise:
Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji. It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 20, 2019
The longest-serving Chief Minister of Delhi was born in Kapurthala, Punjab into a Punjabi Khatri family and had done her graduation from the Miranda House at the University of Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets her departure in the following words:
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