Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit passed away at around 4 pm after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 81.

She transformed Delhi Politicians journos celebrities condole Sheila Dikshits demise
news Tribute Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 17:00

Veteran Congress leader and three-time Delhi Chief Minister passed away on Saturday afternoon after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was 81. Though she had been reportedly keeping unwell for a few days, she was active in politics and her demise has come as a shock to many.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to condole her death. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also one of those who expressed sorrow at her death.

The official handle of the Congress party tweeted that as a three-time Chief Minister of the capital of India, she transformed the face of Delhi.  

“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,” the Congress said on Twitter.

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, whom she was considered particularly close to, took to Twitter to state that he was devastated to hear the news of her passing. 

ANI reported that Priyanka Gandhi said, "Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. She loved me, whatever she did for Delhi&the country, people will remember it. She was a big leader of party,her contribution towards party, politics of nation & especially to Delhi, is immense (sic)."

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that he was shocked to learn of her death and that the country has lost a dedicated Congress leader of the masses. 

"I'm shocked to hear the sudden passing away of Smt Sheila Dikshit. In her death the country has lost a dedicated Congress leader of the masses. People of Delhi will always remember her contribution to Delhi's development during her tenure as CM for 3 terms," ANI quoted Manmohan Singh as saying. 

Politicians across party lines - leaders who worked with her as well leaders who contested against her over several elections - have condoled her death. 

Journalists and celebrities also expressed sorrow at her passing. 

Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee has also condoled Sheila Dikshit's death. She had served as the Governor of Kerala for three months in 2014.

“Sheila Dikshit received wide acceptance from the people. The demise of the leader who had firm beliefs and the courage to voice her opinion without any fear is a loss for the Congress party,” said Mullappally Ramachandran, president of Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC). Mullappally also added that he shared a close friendship with the late leader.

He also noted that her long tenure as Delhi’s Chief Minister allowed her to lay the foundation of Delhi’s sustainable development model and added that Dikshit had been a strong female presence in Indian politics.

Sheila Dikshit was on Saturday morning rushed to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute on Saturday in a critical state and she passed away at around 4 pm after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Fortis Escorts Heart Institute released a statement after her demise: "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."

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