Sheila Dikshit was the longest serving chief minister of Delhi for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013 Credit: File image

Guwahati: Senior congress leader and three-time Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit passed away at 3.30 pm on Saturday following a cardiac attack. Dikshit had been ill for a long period of time. She was 81.

Dikshit was the longest serving chief minister of Delhi, leading the Congress party to three consecutive electoral victories. She served for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013.

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 CM.

Subsequently, Dikshit was sworn in as governor of Kerala on March 11, 2014. However, she resigned on August 25, 2014.

She was declared as the Congress’ chief ministerial candidate in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election; however she later withdrew. She was appointed as president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on January 10 this year.

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Reacting to her death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to share his grief. “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,” he tweeted.

Delhi CM Kejriwal also offered his condolences over Twitter. “Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about 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,” he wrote.

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