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Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit passes away at 81, last rites on Sunday

Sheila Dikshit passes away: Former Delhi Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit passed away in the national capital at the age of 81 years

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Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit passes away at 81, last rites on Sunday
Sheila Dikshit passes away: The three-time Delhi Cheif Minister breathed her last a city hospital. Photo credit: IANS

Former Delhi Chief Minister and veteran Congress leader Shiela Dikshit passed away at a hospital in the national capital on Saturday. She was 81 years old. She was suffering from a heart ailment for a long time. Dikshit was admitted to Escorts Fortis hospital in Delhi on Saturday morning. Dr Ashok Seth, Director, Escorts Fortis, told ANI that Sheila Dikshit suffered a cardiac arrest at 3:15 pm. She was put on ventilator and at 3:55 pm she passed away peacefully.

Her mortal remains were brought back to her residence later in the evening. The last rites will be performed on Sunday.

Dikshit served at the Chief Minister of Delhi for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013. Presently, she was holding the office of Delhi Congress president. She even contested in the 2019 Lok Sabha election against BJP's Manoj Tiwari from the North-East Delhi parliamentary seat.

"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. Hope they find strength in this time of grief," Congress said in a tweet.

"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," PM Narendra Modi tweeted.

"I'm devastated to hear about the passing away of Shiela Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond," former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

"My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief," he further added.

Delhi BJP president and North-East Delhi MP, Manoj Tiwari said in a tweet that he was deeply pained to hear the sad and sudden demise of Sheila Dixit. Tiwari and Dikshit contested against each other for the North-East Delhi Lok Sabha seat in the 2019 General Elections

"May God bless her soul and give her eternal peace... Delhi will miss you Ma'am, u were a mother figure in my life...#RIPSheilaDixit," Tiwari said.

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