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Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit passes away HIGHLIGHTS: Cremation to take place at 2.30 pm tomorrow

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit passes away: Widely credited for transforming the face of Delhi, Dikshit was at the helm of Delhi affairs for 15 years from 1998 to 2013.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 21, 2019 2:45:21 am
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Sheila Dikshit, the longest-serving chief minister of Delhi, passed away at a private hospital in the national capital following a cardiac arrest on Saturday, a family member confirmed to The Indian Express. She was 81.

The Congress stalwart had not been feeling well and was rushed to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute in the morning. Later, she slipped into coma following which she passed away, the family member said. Her mortal remains will be kept at her Nizamuddin residence till 11.30 am on Sunday for people to pay tributes, and will then be taken to Nigambodh Ghat for cremation at 2.30 pm. The Delhi government has decided to declare a two-day state mourning, said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. A host of political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, have condoled the demise of Dikshit. Read in Bangla and Malayalam 

Widely credited for transforming the face of Delhi, Dikshit was at the helm of Delhi affairs for 15 years from 1998 to 2013. She also served as the governor of Kerala. A close associate of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and a minister in his cabinet, Dikshit became an MP for the first time from Kannauj Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. Among her notable achievements are fastening the flagship Delhi Metro project, overseeing the creation of a network of flyovers, initiating green reforms in the public transport sector, and phasing out the killer blue line buses. In the run-up to the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections, Dikshit was made Delhi Congress chief and was entrusted with the task of reversing Congress’ fortunes in the capital. However, she lost the North East seat to BJP’s Manoj Tiwari and the party drew a drubbing.

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Sheila Dikshit, three-time Delhi Chief Minister, passed away at the age of 81. Widely credited for transforming the face of Delhi, Dikshit was at the helm of affairs for 15 years. Follow HIGHLIGHTS here.

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    20:48 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Watch Video: Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to Sheila Dikshit

    Watch Video: Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to Sheila Dikshit

    20:44 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan condole Dikshit's demise

    Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Saturday condoled the demise of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who had also served as the state Governor.
    In a condolence message, the Governor said: "I am deeply grieved by the sad demise of Smt Sheila Dikshit, who had won people's hearts with her endearing personality and strong administrative capability, during her tenure as Chief Minister of Delhi and as Governor of Kerala.I convey my heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family. May her soul rest in peace."
    In his message, Chief Minister Vijayan said he was deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Dikshit. "The veteran leader had served as Delhi Chief Minister for three terms. She was also the Governor of our state", he said, adding Dixit was also a prominent women leader of the Congress party. (PTI)

    20:42 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    L K Advani remembers Dikshit as an able administrator

    Veteran BJP leader L K Advani remembered former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who died on Saturday at 81 years of age, as an able administrator who made "immense contribution" to the development of Delhi. 
    Expressing his deep sadness at her demise, he noted in a statement that he was the Union home minister when she became the chief minister and they shared a very warm and cordial working relationship.
    "An able administrator, she made immense contribution to the development of Delhi. Apart from many other achievements in her long career in public life, Sheila ji will be remembered as a fine human being," Advani said, offering his heartfelt condolences to her family members. (PTI)

    20:40 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Manmohan Singh on Sheila Dikshit: Transformed the state (Delhi) beyond recognition

    Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid wreath and paid respects to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. "Delhi has lost an outstanding leader & administrator who transformed the state beyond recognition," Singh said.

    20:24 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Sharmila Tagore pays homage to Sheila Dikshit

    Actress Sharmila Tagore pays respects to Sheila Dikshit at the latter's residence in Nizamuddin. Dikshit, 81, passed away due to cardiac arrest, earlier today.

    20:15 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Pranab Mukherjee pays last respects to Sheila Dikshit

    Former President Pranab Mukherjee pays his last respects to Sheila Dikshit.

    20:11 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Rajnath Singh: Her (Sheila Dikshit) political life was spotless

    Rajnath Singh said Dikshit was counted among the most seasoned politicians of nation. "Her political life was spotless, I pay my tributes to her," Singh said.

    20:06 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Rajnath Singh pays tribute to Sheila Dikshit

    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to Sheila Dikshit at her Nizamuddin residence.

    20:03 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Whenever I met her, she showed a lot of love: Arvind Kejriwal

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said although he was from a different political party, whenever he met Dikshit, she showed a lot of love.

    19:52 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Whenever people will talk of developed Delhi, her name will be remembered: Dikshit's son

    Sheila Dikshit's son Sandeep Dikshit said, "Whenever people will talk of a developed, and growing Delhi, Sheila ji's name will be remembered."

    19:49 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia meet Dikshit's family

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia met Dikshit's family at her Nizamuddin residence. They were there to pay tributes to three-time Congress chief minister of Delhi.

    19:38 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari reaches Sheila Dikshit's residence

    Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari pays tribute to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who passed away today, due to a cardiac arrest.

    19:33 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla: "Sheila Dikshit ji was a motherly figure"

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said Sheila Dikshit ji was a motherly figure. "... as a social & a political worker her contribution was immense to Delhi and the country; whole country is sad over her demise," he added.

    19:29 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays homage to Sheila Dikshit at her residence

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to Sheila Dikshit at her residence.

    19:14 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla pays homage to Sheila Dikshit

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla pays tribute to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who passed away today, in Delhi due to cardiac arrest.

    19:13 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Jyotiraditya Scindia at Sheila Dikshit's residence

    Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia pays tribute to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who passed away today. 

    19:10 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit

    UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

    19:07 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Farewell, Sheila Dikshit— Congress warhorse, able administrator, Delhi’s last empress

    From a reluctant politician, as she herself mentioned in her autobiography “Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life”, to becoming the longest-serving chief minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit will always be remembered for the infrastructural transformation she brought about in the national capital, including the Delhi Metro. The three-time chief minister breathed her last on Saturday afternoon. She was 81. Read more...

    18:26 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    BJP leader Vijay Goel pays tribute to Dikshit at her Nizamuddin residence

    BJP leader Vijay Goel pays tribute to Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at her residence in Nizamuddin.

    18:12 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Sheila Dikshit's last rites to be performed at Nigambodh Ghat on Sunday

    Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit's last rites mortal remains will be kept for people to pay tributes at her residence in Nizamuddin till 11.30 am Sunday, after which her last rites will be performed at the Nigambodh Ghat, reported ANI.

    17:59 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Mortal remains of Sheila Dikshit reaches her Nizamuddin residence

    Mortal remains of Sheila Dikshit reaches her Nizamuddin residence.

    17:54 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Delhi govt to declare a two-day state mourning over Dikshit's demise

    Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Delhi government has decided to declare a two-day state mourning over Sheila Dikshit's demise.

    17:52 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    A look at the life of the longest-serving chief minister of Delhi

    Sheila Dikshit passes away: A look at the life of the longest-serving chief minister of Delhi

    17:31 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Mortal remains of Sheila Dikshit have been brought to her residence in Nizamuddin

    Mortal remains of Sheila Dikshit have been brought to her residence in Nizamuddin, reported ANI. The Congress leader and former chief minister passed away in a private hospital in Delhi on Saturday.

    17:28 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    People gather outside Sheila Dikshit's residence in New Delhi

    People gather outside Sheila Dikshit's residence in New Delhi. One of her supporters also fainted after the sudden demise of the former Delhi chief minister and has been taken care of.

    17:16 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: "Always maintained good relations with me... will really miss her"

    West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed condolences to Sheila Dikshit's family. She said when she had become an MP, Dikshit was the Parliamentary Affairs minister and always maintained good relations with her.

    17:13 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    BJP's Himanta Biswa Sarma: "I looked up to her for inspiration"
    17:08 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Milind Deora: "INC's tallest urban leader and popular CM"
    16:56 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Statement from Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi

    "Mrs. Sheila Dixit was brought in the morning on 20th July 2019 to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla, New Delhi, in a critical condition with cardiac arrest.
     
    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 20th of July 2019."

    16:51 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Priyanka Gandhi Vadra: "She loved me, whatever she did for Delhi&the country, people will remember"

    "Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. She loved me, whatever she did for Delhi and the country, people will remember it. She was a big leader of the party, her contribution towards the party, politics of the nation  and especially to Delhi, is immense."

    16:47 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    BJP MP and BJP Delhi President, Manoj Tiwari: "had met her recently, it is a big shock"

    "I had met her recently, it is a big shock. I remember how she welcomed me like a mother. Delhi will miss her. May God give her family and her closed ones the strength to bear this loss."

    16:43 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Congress leader Sachin Pilot: "She worked tirelessly to build Delhi in world class city"
    16:42 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    K C Venugopal: "Her passing away irreplaceable loss to Congress"
    16:40 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    'Had family relations with her, she played crucial role in Delhi's development', says BJP's Vijay Goel
    16:39 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Congress leader Ajay Maken: "Delhi can never forget her contribution"
    16:36 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Rahul Gandhi expresses condolences, says Sheila Dikshit was a beloved daughter of Congress Party
    16:34 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Vice President Venkaiah Naidu: "She was a good administrator"
    16:33 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Congress leader DK Shivakumar: "One of the best CM's India has seen"
    16:31 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    Former PM Manmohan Singh: "Country has lost a dedicated Congress leader of masses"

    In a statement today, former prime minister Manmohan Singh said, "I am shocked to hear the sudden passing away of Smt Shiela Dixit. In her death the country has lost a dedicated Congress Leader of the masses. People of Delhi will always remember her contribution to the development during her three tenure as Chief Minister of Delhi."

    16:30 (IST)20 Jul 2019
    V K Singh says "Sheila Dikshit contributed immensely to Delhi's development'
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