New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Senior Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit passed away on Saturday at the Escorts Hospital here, a party leader said. She was 81.
“Dikshit died at Escorts Hospital here,” Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Jitender Kumar Kochar told IANS.
Dikshit was admitted to the Escorts Hospital in the national capital a few days ago, her family and the party said. She suffered a cardiac arrest and breathed her last around 3.55 pm.
“Mrs Sheila Dixit was brought in the morning of July 20 to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla, in a critical condition with a cardiac arrest,” the hospital said in a statement.
“A multi-disciplinary team of doctors, led by Dr Ashok Seth, chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, carried out the advanced resuscitative measures. Her condition stabilised temporarily. However, she had another cardiac arrest and despite all the resuscitative efforts, passed away at 3:55pm on July 20,” it added.
The three-time Delhi Chief Minister was unwell for some time.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and others paid tribute to Shiela Dixit.
Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji. It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 20, 2019
I’m deeply saddened to hear about the untimely death of Sheila Dixitji. A fierce champion of the people, she dedicated her life to better Delhi. A huge loss for the capital. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends 🙏
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) July 20, 2019
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. pic.twitter.com/jERrvJlQ4X
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2019
Extremely sad to know about the passing away of #SheilaDixit ji…she effectively changed the face of Delhi during her tenure. Heartfelt condolences to her family 🙏🏻
— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 20, 2019
I’m devastated to hear about the passing away of Sheila 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 Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 20, 2019
दिल्ली की पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री शीला दीक्षित जी के निधन की खबर सुनकर स्तब्ध हूं। उनका निधन मेरे लिए पारिवारिक क्षति है। मैं अपनी इस पीड़ा को शब्दों में व्यक्त नहीं कर पा रहा हूं। उन्होंने हमेशा बड़ी बहन की तरह मुझे प्यार व स्नेह दिया। ॐ शांति। @INCIndia @_SandeepDikshit @INCDelhi pic.twitter.com/Mp7QbfRwoZ
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) July 20, 2019
I am sorry to know about the sudden demise of Sheila Dixit ji. We were opponents in politics but friends in personal life. She was a fine human being. #SheilaDixit
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 20, 2019
She was an outstanding Chief Minister, a warm & outgoing friend & above all a wonderful human being. I am privileged to have known her since my college days. I shall miss her terribly — & so does Delhi already. https://t.co/50hptkFuAX
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 20, 2019
कांग्रेस की वरिष्ठ व प्रखर नेता श्रीमती शीला दीक्षित के निधन से अत्यंत दुःख हुआ। उन्हें सभी दलों का आदर व सम्मान प्राप्त था। ईश्वर दु:ख की इस घड़ी में उनके परिवार को शक्ति दे और दिवंगत आत्मा को शांति प्रदान करे ।
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) July 20, 2019
दिल्ली की पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री शीला दीक्षित जी के निधन का दुखद समाचार मिला। दिल्ली के विकास के लिये उनका योगदान उल्लेखनीय रहा है। ईश्वर से प्रार्थना है कि उन्हें मोक्ष प्रदान करें। ॐ शांति
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) July 20, 2019
Sheila Dixit Ji was much loved by the people of Delhi where she made a lasting contribution as Chief Minister.
My deepest condolences to her family and dear ones.
| ॐ शांति |
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) July 20, 2019
Sad to learn about the demise of Shiela Dixit Ji. She was a very popular Chief Minister of Delhi and a widely respected leader. My profound condolences to her family.
शीला दीक्षित जी के देहांत की ख़बर सुन कर बहुत दुःख हुआ।ईश्वर उनकी आत्मा को शांति दे।
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) July 20, 2019