Veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, who was the longest serving chief minister of Delhi, has died of a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Delhi. She was 81.
Sheila Dikshit was admitted to Escorts hospital a few days ago. She died at 3.55 pm.
The hospital, in a statement, said despite all resuscitative efforts, Sheila Dikshit died after a cardiac arrest. "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 20th of July 2019," Fortis said in a statement.
Dikshit was the longest serving chief minister of Delhi, having headed the state government for 15 years from 1998 to 2013, and was the driving force behind several key infrastructural projects in the capital.
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.
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. pic.twitter.com/jERrvJlQ4X— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2019
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 candidate Manoj Tiwari.
I’m devastated to hear about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 20, 2019
My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief.
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.