Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit passes away at 81

Former Delhi Chief Minister and Senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit passed away on Saturday at the age of 81.

Dikshit had served as chief minister of Delhi for three consecutive terms between 1998 and 2013.

President Ram Nath Kovind offered his condolences to Sheila Dikshit’s family and associates.

“Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates,” Kovind tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sadness on the demise of Sheila Dikshit.

“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,” Modi said in a tweet.

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that he was devastated to hear about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit.

“I’m devastated to hear about the passing away of Shiela Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond. My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief,” Rahul tweeted.

The Congress in a tweet said, “We regret to hear of the passing of Smt 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.”