Three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit cremated with State Honours at Nigam Bodh Ghat

Mortal remains of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit being taken from Congress headquarters to Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi on Sunday. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi Jul 21, 2019, 04.36 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Former Delhi Chief Minister, Congress veteran Sheila Dikshit was cremated with full State Honours in Delhi on Sunday afternoon. 

Dikshit's mortal remains were taken to the Congress headquarters from her residence in South Delhi this morning from where hundreds joined the procession to Nigam Bodh Ghat where she was cremated this afternoon. 

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. 

"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 on Saturday.

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Born in the year 1938, Dikshit was the longest serving chief minister of the national capital. 

Dikshit's body was taken to her Nizamuddin East residence on Saturday. 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).

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. 

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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 the Congress party. 

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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. 

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and political leaders from all the country extended deep regret on the sad news. 

In her taintless career as Delhi's longest-serving chief minister, Dikshit transformed the infrastructure of the national capital giving it a look sprawling with wide roads, flyovers and world-class Metro service. 

Sheila Dikshit led the Congress to a resounding victory with 52 seats in Delhi Assembly and went on to take the seat of national capital's chief minister. 

Her stint was repeated for the next two terms - 2003 and in 2008. 

Despite Dikshit's loss in the recently conducted Lok Sabha polls, she was seen a key player to turn Congress' luck around and reviving the party for the Assembly elections due next year. 

Dikshit's loss leaves behind a dent not just in the political fabric of the national capital but in the minds and hearts of millions of Indians. 

The Congress veteran was known for her soft-spoken nature, love for conversations, good food and of course, Delhi. She lives on in the hearts of all Indians and will always be dearly remembered.  

 

 

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Dikshit's mortal remains were taken to the Congress headquarters from her residence in South Delhi this morning from where hundreds joined the procession to Nigam Bodh Ghat where she was cremated this afternoon.