New Delhi : Senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit passed away today at the Escorts Hospital in Delhi. She was 81. The three-time Delhi Chief Minister was sick for some time.President of India Ramnath Kovinda, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi as well as Politicians all over the country expressed their grief at the demise of Shiela Dikshit.
Sheila Dikshit was the daughter-in-law of late Congress veteran from UP Uma Shankar Dikshit.
She was born on March 31, 1938 in Kapurthala, Punjab.She had done a Doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Delhi.
Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi nominated her as a representative for the Indian delegation of the United Nations Commission. Joining in politics in 1984, she first served as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and later as a Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office till 1989.
She was the president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) in May 1998, six months before she led it to victory in assembly elections. She was also appointed as the Governor of Kerala in March 2014.
Sheila had been the Chief Minister of Delhi in three terms from 1998 to 2013. A long network of metro and flyovers is considered to be one of her greatest contributions to Delhi.