Three-time Chief Minister of Delhi and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit passed away in Delhi on Saturday. She was 81.
She was brought to the hospital Saturday morning in a “critical condition with cardiac arrest”, a Fortis Escorts statement said. “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 3:55 pm on July 20, 2019,” it said.
She breathed her last at 03:55 pm after suffering a cardiac arrest at 03:15 pm post which she was put on ventilator. Her last rites will be performed at Nigam Bodh Ghat on Sunday at 02:30 pm.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other political leaders condoled her death. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to recognise the late leader’s contribution to Delhi’s development. “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 Shant,” tweeted Modi.
Dikshit was the longest-serving chief minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013. Her term witnessed the growth of infrastructure in the national capital with the construction of Delhi metro, numerous flyovers and roads.An able administrator, Dikshit could get along well with politicians from all parties for which she drew widespread respect.
Delhi also hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2010 when she was the ruling chief minister. Dikshit was appointed as the president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee earlier this year, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. Dikshit is survived by her son Sandeep Dikshit, who is a Congress leader and daughter Latika Dikshit Syed.