Country lost great administrator and outstanding leader: Manmohan Singh remembers Sheila Dikshit

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WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 21, 2019, 08.56 AM (IST)

Former prime minister and veteran Congress leader Manmohan Singh on Saturday paid rich tribute to former Delhi chief minister and Congress stalwart Sheila Dikshit and said ''country has lost a great administrator and an outstanding leader who contributed enormously to the all-round development of Delhi''.

In a letter written to Dikshit`s son and Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit, Singh said, "I have learnt with profound sorrow about the sad and shocking news of the untimely demise of our beloved Sheila Dikshit ji. The people of Delhi had a deep affection of Sheila ji and that is why she holds the distinction of being the only woman Chief Minister in India who has led her Party to three consecutive victories in Assembly Elections. In her death, our country has lost a great administrator and an outstanding leader who contributed enormously to the all-round development of Delhi."

He continued, "I take this opportunity to convey to you and other members of your family my heartfelt condolences on this bereavement. We pray to the Almighty to give all of you the strength to bear this great loss with courage and fortitude."

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the people of Delhi will always remember her as a distinguished Chief Minister who led them for 15 years and transformed the national capital into a world-class capital city.

"The people of Delhi will always remember her as a popular leader and distinguished Chief Minister who led them for 15 years and transformed New Delhi into a world-class capital city. She will always be remembered for her contributions towards the development and growth of New Delhi. Everyone who knew her across party lines will always remember her grace, generosity and warmth," he said.

Echoing similar sentiments, AICC General Secretary KC Venugopal described Dikshit as a "noble-minded politician". 

"Under her 15 year-long administration, she undertook exceptional steps to develop the socio-economic infrastructure of the national capital, and that was the golden days of development in Delhi. She was a noble-minded politician and she upheld this quality throughout her life," Venugopal said in a condolence message written to Sandeep Dikshit.

Dikshit`s mortal remains are kept at the AICC headquarters on Sunday morning. The last rites will be held at 2:30 pm today.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Kharge said that the people of Delhi will always remember her as a distinguished Chief Minister who led them for 15 years and transformed the national capital into a world-class capital city.