Vastavam web: Former Delhi Chief Minister and state Congress Chief Sheila Dikshit died after a prolonged illness in Delhi’s Fortis Escorts heart institute today. She was admitted to Escorts hospital a few days ago. She served as the chief minister of Delhi for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013.
During her tenure, Dikshit brought in several key projects and is widely credited for development in Delhi and improvement in the city infrastructure. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were among the first ones to offer condolences on the former Delhi CM’s demise.
Eighty-year-old Sheila Dikshit underwent a heart surgery in France last year. Sheila Dikshit was serving as the Delhi Congress chief, a charge she took over in January this year before Lok Sabha polls. She fought the elections from North East Delhi, but was defeated by BJP candi ..
She was one of the tallest leader of the Congress party and was the longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi. She lost the 2013 Delhi state elections after ruling the state for three consecutive term following allegations of corruption.
In the December 2013 state elections, Dikshit was defeated in New Delhi constituency by Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, who replaced her as Delhi’s chief minister.