Sheila Dikshit, three-time Delhi chief minister, passes away at 81 after long illness

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Former chief minister of Delhi and Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit passed away in Delhi on Saturday at the age of 81 after a long illness.

She was undergoing treatment at the Escorts Hospital. The three-time Delhi CM had suddenly got sick in the morning and was admitted to the hospital, where she breathed her last. Dikshit was the longest-serving chief minister of Delhi, serving between 1998 and 2013. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he is “deeply saddened” by the news. He called Dikshit a “warm and affable personality”.

Narendra Modi

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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.

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The Indian National Congress said, ”We regret to hear of the passing of 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.”

 

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