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#SheilaDixit, three-time Delhi Chief Minister, was unwell for some time

Saturday July 20, 2019 5:22 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

Sheila Dikshit Dies

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit passed away on Saturday at the Escorts Hospital here, a party leader said. She was 81.

"Dikshit died at Escorts Hospital here," Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Jitender Kumar Kochar told IANS.

The three-time Delhi Chief Minister was unwell for some time.

A close associate of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and a minister in his cabinet, Dikshit became an MP for the first time from Kannauj Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh.

Dikshit was widely credited for transforming the face of Delhi and was at the helm of Delhi affairs for 15 years from 1998 to 2013.

In the run-up to the recently-concluded Lok Sabha elections, Dikshit had replaced former Union minister Ajay Maken to steer the Congress in the national capital. She had also contested the 2019 Lok Sabha election but lost her last political battle to Meenakshi Lekhi of BJP.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal while mourning the death of his predecessor said her contribution to the city will always be remembered.

"Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit. It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace," Kejriwal said in a tweet.

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