Former Delhi CM Sheila Dixit passes away at 81

Three-time Delhi chief minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit passed away Saturday afternoon at a private hospital here after suffering a cardiac arrest, doctors said.  She was 81.

Dikshit breathed her last at 3.55 pm on Saturday at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute.

She was brought to the hospital Saturday morning in a “critical condition with cardiac arrest”, a Fortis Escorts statement said.

“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 July 20, 2019,” it said.

Dikshit was president of Delhi Congress. She served as Delhi’s chief minister for 15 years from 1998-2013.

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik and politicians from various political parties in Kashmir expressed their grief over the demise of Sheila Dikshit.

In a condolence message, Governor prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family members. Governor, according to a Raj Bhawan statement, described the former Delhi chief minister as a widely respected public figure whose contribution for the development of Delhi will always be remembered.

Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha and Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad expressed deep shock and grief over the passing away of the veteran Congress leader. Recalling his long association with Sheila Dikshit, Azad said she was stalwart of the party, who served the party and people in different capacities with great devotion and commitment.  Her contributions as Chief Minister of Delhi for three terms will be remembered for times to come in view of the tremendous development brought by her.

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and vice president Omar Abdullah in their condolence message said that her tenure as the chief minister of Delhi will be remembered for her remarkable work in the field of infrastructure building, sanitation and increasing tree cover in the national capital. The duo prayed for peace to the soul of deceased and strength to the family to bear the loss.

Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president GA Mir in a condolence message expressed profound grief over the passing away of Veteran Congress leader and described her passing away as a great loss to the party.

Former PCC President Peerzada Mohammad Sayeed has condoled the passing away of Dixit and paid rich tributes to the departed leader.

Former Union minister and Congress leader Prof Saifuddin Soz, while expressing her condolences said Dixit was a great administrator and was greatly involved in public matters and maintained her relations with the general run of workers. He said her death is great loss to Congress party.

Peoples Democratic Party chief and former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, in her condolence message, highlighted the role Dikshit played for the upliftment of society’s downtrodden and underprivileged sections.

Former MLC and Vice President JKPCC Gulam Nabi Monga also expressed deep shock over the demise of Dikshit. WITH INPUTS FROM PTI