Sheila Dikshit, three-time chief minister of Delhi, dies at 81
NEW DELHI, July 20: Sheila Dikshit, the three- time chief minister of Delhi, died at a private hospital in New Delhi on Saturday. She was 81 years old.
Dikshit, also the former governor of Kerala and the president of Delhi Congress, made her return to the electoral politics when she unsuccessfully contested from North East Delhi in the just concluded national elections.
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.
As the news spread, tributes started pouring in for the Congress leader.
"Just now got to know about extremely terrible news about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit ji. It's a huge loss for Delhi & her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace," tweeted Delhi CM?Arvind Kejriwal.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said he was "devastated" to hear the passing away of the veteran leader.
"I'm devastated to hear about passing away of Shiela Dikshit Ji, beloved daughter of Congress Party,with whom I shared a close personal bond. My condolences to her family&citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM,in this time of great grief," Rahul said in his tweet. -HT