Sheila Dikshit dies at 81: 3-time Delhi CM who was one of Congress’s tallest leaders
Sheila Dikshit, the former Chief Minister of Delhi, passed away on Saturday in the capital city following a cardiac arrest. Sheila Dikshit was 81 years old. She was admitted to Delhi’s Fortis Escorts Heart Institute at 10:30 am this morning. The former Delhi chief minister died at 3:30 pm in the hospital. The news was confirmed by her secretary PS Tripathi.
The three-time Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit served as a Delhi Congress chief during the Lok Sabha elections. Sheila Dikshit lost to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal by 25,864 votes in the assembly elections in 2013. She served Delhi for 15 years from 1998 to 2013.
Sheila Dikshit was born on March 31, 1938, in Kapurthala, Punjab. She studied at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in New Delhi and graduated with an MA degree in History from the Miranda House at the University of Delhi.
One of the tallest leaders in Congress, Sheila Dikshit was also the longest-serving Chief Minister of Delhi. Her father-in-law was a social activist and was also a minister in the Indira Gandhi government.
Sheila Dikshit represented the Kannauj Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh. As a member of Parliament, Sheila Dikshit served on the Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha.
During this period, Sheila Dikshit also chaired the Implementation Committee for Commemoration of Forty Years of India’s Independence and Jawaharlal Nehru centenary.
The former Delhi chief minister also represented India at the United Nations Commission on Status of Women from 1984-1989. She was nominated for the same by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for her administrative skills.
She also served as a Minister of State (MoS) for Parliamentary Affairs in the Rajiv Gandhi cabinet from 1986 to 1989. Sheila Dikshit later took over the responsibilities of a Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office.