New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Former Delhi Chief Minister and Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit passes away at the age of 81 on Saturday. She was hospitalised in Escorts Fortis in Delhi after she complained of vomiting, on Saturday morning.

Sheila Dikshit served as the Chief Minister of Delhi for 15 long years (1998-2013). She was the longest serving CM of Delhi till now.

Sheila Dikshit was born on 31 March 1938 in Kapurthala, Punjab into a Punjabi Khatri family. She was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in New Delhi and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in history from the Miranda House at the University of Delhi.

Here are some Political achievements of Sheila Dikshit:

1. Her first big assignment came when Indira Gandhi began to notice her while she was handling her father-in-law's work. Gandhi nominated Sheila as a member of the Indian delegation to the UN Commission on the status of women.

2. She represented India at United Nations Commission on Status of Women for five years (1984–1989).

3. During the period between 1984 and 1989, she represented Kannauj parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh.

4. She also served as a Union Minister during 1986–1989, first as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and later as a Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office.

5. Dikshit was appointed as President of the DPCC in 1998 and went on to take over from Sushma Swaraj in the state elections. Later in 1998 she became the Chief Minister of Delhi.

6. She launched the Bhagidari System which enabled the citizens to partner with the government on matters of civic amenities.

7. Then on, she most banked on the agenda of development. In her three tenures, Delhi got its metro rail, an efficient BRT system and hosted the Commonwealth Games.

8. Sheila Dikshit, in 2003, became the first Delhi Chief Minister to get a second successive term. She won with a two-thirds majority even as Congress governments in three other states were shown the door on an anti-incumbency wave.

9. She has put Delhi firmly on the global cities map. If India's growth rate is 8.33 percent, Delhi's has been 10.33 percent.

10. In 2010, she was awarded with Dara Shikoh award by Indo-Iran Society.

11. In 2013, Dikshit recieved Delhi Women of the Decade Achievers Award 2013 by ALL Ladies League for Outstanding Public Service.

Posted By: Talib Khan