Smt. Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and senior Congress leader passed away yesterday following a cardiac arrest. She fought a prolonged illness before her demise at Delhi’s Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. Smt. Dikshit underwent a heart surgery in France last year. She was 81. She had been diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). She had an angioplasty in November 2012 and was treated for infection some time ago. She suffered two cardiac arrests before passing away.
Smt. Sheila Dikshit was the longest serving chief minister of Delhi and served three consecutive terms from 1998 to 2013. An exemplary leader, she transformed the face of Delhi during her tenure. She was credited for Delhi's growing infrastructure including roads and flyovers, better public transport system as well as development on the health and educational fronts.
Smt. Sheila Dikshit was a leader par excellence and the senior-most Congress leader in its Delhi unit. Not only was she adept in politics but also a great speaker.
The fact that she battled her health problems unflinchingly till the end shows her indomitable spirit.
We mourn the loss of the tallest leader of the Congress bastion. May God give her near and dear ones the strength to cope with this immense loss.
May her soul rest in peace…
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