Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Expresses His Sorrow On 'tall Leader' Sheila Dikshit's Demise, Says, 'she Was Respected Across Party Lines'

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Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari have reacted to the news of the demise of senior Congress leader and former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit.

Written By Apoorva Rao | Mumbai | Updated On:

Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari have reacted to the news of the demise of senior Congress leader and former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who was in Kashmir to pay tribute to Kargil martyrs, tweeted saying that she was a tall leader who was widely respected across the party lines.

Union Transport Minister Gadkari has said that her contribution to Delhi's development will be remembered and offered condolences to her family.

"I am distressed to hear the news of the death of former Delhi Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Mrs Sheila Dikshitji. Her contribution to the development of Delhi will always be remembered. My condolences to their families. May her soul rest in peace to the departed soul of Lord Sheila Ji. Om Shanti," his tweet said.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also tweeted.

Other Union Ministers and important leaders from the BJP also tweeted about the three-time CM's death.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that he was deeply saddened by her demise.

"The passing away of Mrs. Sheila Dikshit, a senior and eminent leader of the Congress, was deeply saddening. She had the respect and respect of all the parties. May God give strength to her family in this hour of sorrow and bring peace to the departed soul. • Peace.

UP CM Yogi Adityanath also tweeted saying:

"It was very sad to hear the news of the death of senior Congress party leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Mrs. Sheila Dikshit. My condolences are with their families and I pray to God that her soul rests in peace. Om Shanti."

BJP's National Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya also tweeted about the leader's passing.

"The news of the passing away of senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Mrs. Sheila Dikshit is sad! Her contribution to the politics of the country cannot be forgotten! May God give her soul peace and give the family the power to withstand this suffering!" he said.

Sheila Dikshit's passing away

Dikshit passed away due to ailments related to old age at  Escorts Fortis Hospital in New Delhi. She was born on 31 March 1938 and was the longest-serving Chief Minister of Delhi, serving for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013. Sources also informed that she breathed her last at 03:55 pm.

Sheila Dikshit's political career in a nutshell

Dikshit had led the Congress party to three consecutive electoral victories in Delhi. In the December 2013 elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly, She was defeated in New Delhi constituency by Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal, who replaced her as Delhi's chief minister. Subsequently, she was sworn in as Governor of Kerala on 11 March 2014. The Congress party fought the recent Lok Sabha elections in Delhi under her leadership. 

READ | Former Delhi Chief Minister & Congress Leader Sheila Dikshit Passes Away In Delhi At The Age Of 81 Years

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