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The 81-year-old Congress veteran has served as Delhi chief minister for 15 years.
Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit breathed her last on Saturday in the national capital. The Congress veteran served as Delhi's chief minister for 15 years, three consecutive terms, from the year 1998.
According to reports, Dikshit passed away today afternoon after suffering a cardiac arrest. Her final rites will take place on Sunday.
"Sheila Dikshit was managed well by a team of doctors. At 3:15 pm she again suffered a cardiac arrest. She was put on ventilator and at 3:55 pm she passed away peacefully," Dr Ashok Seth, Director of Escorts Fortis, New Delhi told media.
Former Delhi Chief Minister & Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, passes away in Delhi at the age of 81 years. (file pic) pic.twitter.com/8rqv8qfnAQ— ANI (@ANI) July 20, 2019
Born in the year 1938, Dikshit was the longest serving chief minister of the national capital.
Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's body was taken to her Nizamuddin East residence on Saturday and the last rites will take place on Sunday afternoon.
Thousands of party workers reached her residence to pay their tributes and raised slogans of 'Sheila Dikshit Amar Rahe' (Sheila Dikshit's memory stays forever).
"Her last rites will be performed at 2.30 pm at Nigam Bodh Ghat crematorium", Delhi Congress said.
Dikshit had undergone bypass surgeries in the past and had been in and out of hospital recently as she was not well.
This Lok Sabha elections Dikshit unsuccessfully contested the polls against BJP's Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari from the North-East Delhi seat.
For the second time in a row, the Congress party drew a blank in the national capital in recently concluded parliamentary elections. BJP won all seven Lok Sabha seats in the city.
As Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) president, Dikshit last month dissolved all 280 block Congress committees in the national capital "with immediate effect." She was appointed to the post of the president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee earlier this year, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections.
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. pic.twitter.com/jERrvJlQ4X— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2019
According to a press release, Dikshit took this decision "keeping in line with the report submitted by the five-member fact-finding committee constituted for the Lok Sabha elections 2019."
Dikshit's sudden demise came as a shock to the nation with condolences pouring in from all across.
"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," read a post tweeted by Congress party.
The passing away of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit is deeply saddening. She was a tall Congress leader known for her congenial nature.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 20, 2019
Sheilaji was widely respected cutting across party lines. My thoughts are with her bereaved family & supporters. Om Shanti!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi described Dikshit as a "warm and affable personality" and condoled her demise.
"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 Modi tweeted out.
Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji. It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 20, 2019
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and political leaders from all the country extended deep regret on the sad news.