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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.

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.

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