In an unfortunate incident, Former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit passed away on Saturday. Cricketer turned parliamentarian, Gautam Gambhir, who is currently MP from East Delhi constituency took to Twitter to offer his condolences on the former Delhi CM. Gambhir remembered her as a fierce champion who dedicated her life to better Delhi, he called her passing a huge loss for the capital.
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The Congress leader passed away at the age of 81. Details available at the time of writing states that she passed away due to Cardiac arrest at Escorts Fortis Hospital. Sheila Dikshit was born 31 March 1938 and who 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.
Dikshit led Congress party to three consecutive electoral victories in Delhi. In the December 2013 elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly, Dikshit 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.
In the Lok Sabha elections, she contested from the North East Delhi constituency against BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari. However, she lost the elections. After the loss, Dikshit took steps to revive the Congress party amid crisis in the party. Across party lines, she was respected as a leader who communicates and as reactions come in, a politician from the nation saddened and shocked at her sudden demise.