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

"Sheila Dikshit was managed well by a team of doctors. At 3:15 pm she again suffered a cardiac arrest. She was put on a ventilator and at 3:55 pm she passed away peacefully," said Dr. Ashok Seth, Director, Escorts Fortis.

She met many Congress leaders on Thursday and was reportedly disturbed with the ongoing crisis in the Congress party.

Here are the highlights of Sheila Dikshit's sad demise:

06:50 pm: "Former Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dikshit passes away! Full condolences to her mourning family. Her contribution to Indian politics will always be remembered for her great contribution and complacency. Peace and humble tribute" tweeted former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on Twitter.

06:49 pm: Congress leader Ajay Maken has tweeted that Sheila Dikshit was his mentor and a mother-like figure to him. Offering his condolences, Ajay Maken said, "Hard to believe-My mentor and a mother-like figure to me Sheila Dikshit ji is no more. Delhi can never forget her contribution. I will always thankfully remember the way she groomed me as a young politician and granted me valuable learning experience under her guidance! Om Shanti."

06:40 pm: Saddened to know about the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji, a senior leader of the Congress party. Condolences to bereaved family members and supporters. She will be remembered for her works. May God render peace to the departed soul. Om Shanti: Arun Jaitley.

06:35 pm: Congress leader Jyotiraditya M Scindia tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the news of the demise of Sheila Dikshit ji, a stalwart of Indian politics and one of the fiercest leaders of the INC. Sheila ji transformed the capital and shaped it into how we know it today in her three terms as the chief minister.”

06:33 pm: Lieutenant governor of Delhi Anil Baijal calls Sheila Dikshit a visionary leader as he took to Twitter to express his grief at the sudden death of former Delhi CM.

06:30 pm: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed condolence over the demise of veteran Congress leader Shiela Dikshit. Describing Dikshit as an able administrator and a seasoned politician, Patnaik said, "She was popular across party lines. She will be remembered for a long time for her contribution to the development of Delhi."

06:00 pm: The Delhi government has announced a two-day state mourning in view of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's death today.

05:47 pm: "Deeply saddened at the passing (away) of Sheila Dikshit Ji. When I became MP, she was the Parliamentary Affairs Minister. She always maintained good relations with me. We will all really miss her," tweeted Mamata Banerjee.

05:44 pm: BJP MP and BJP Delhi President, Manoj Tiwari: I had met her recently, it is a big shock. I remember how she welcomed me like a mother. Delhi will miss her. May God give her family and her close ones the strength to bear this loss.

05:33 pm: "I pray for the blessings of God on the demise of the former Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs. Sheila Dikshit," says AAP MP Sanjay Singh.

05:27 pm: 

05:25 pm: Ahmed Patel, Congress: I think her mortal remains will be taken to their home in 1-1:30 hours, then it will be decided tomorrow morning when to take it to Congress headquarters, then it will be taken to Nigam Bodh Ghat.

05:11 pm: Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit's last rites will be held at the Nigambodh Ghat tomorrow. Her mortal remains will be kept for people to pay tributes at her residence in Nizamuddin till 11.30 a.m tomorrow, 21st July.

05:00 pm: Former PM Manmohan Singh: I'm shocked to hear the sudden passing away of Smt Shiela Dixit. In her death the country has lost a dedicated Congress leader of the masses. People of Delhi will always remember her contribution to Delhi's development during her tenure as CM for 3 years.

04:50 pm: "Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. She loved me, whatever she did for Delhi&the country, people will remember it. She was a big leader of party,her contribution towards party, politics of nation & especially to Delhi, is immense," said Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

04:47 pm: BJP MP and BJP Delhi President, Manoj Tiwari: I had met her recently, it is a big shock. I remember how she welcomed me like a mother. Delhi will miss her. May God give her family and her closed ones the strength to bear this loss.

04:41 pm: "I’m devastated to hear about the passing away of Shiela 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," tweeted Rahul Gandhi.

04:37 pm: "Saddened to hear that Smt Sheila Dikshit has passed away, a true congressperson she worked tirelessly building Delhi into a world class city, yet her heart was always set on working for the people, a loss for India, my condolences to the family & prayers for the departed soul," tweeted Sachin Pilot.

04:24 pm: "Just heard about the tragic demise of @SheilaDikshit ji. What terrible terrible news. I’ve always known her as a very warm & affectionate lady. She did wonders for Delhi as CM & will be greatly missed by all who knew her. May her soul rest in peace," tweeted Omar Abdullah.

04:22 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "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."

04:21 pm: "The passing away of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit is deeply saddening. She was a tall Congress leader known for her congenial nature. Sheilaji was widely respected cutting across party lines. My thoughts are with her bereaved family & supporters. Om Shanti!" tweeted Rajnath Singh.

04:20 pm: "Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates," tweeted President Ramnath Kovind.

04:15 pm: "Just now got to know about extremely terrible news about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit ji. It's 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," tweeted Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

04:12 pm: Congress tweeted: "We regret to hear of the passing of Sheila Dikshit. Lifelong congresswoman and as three-time CM of Delhi she transformed the face of Delhi. Our condolences to her family and friends. Hope they find strength in this time of grief."

Dikshit was the longest-serving Chief Minister of Delhi, having served in office for 15 years from 1998.  The 81-year-old was appointed as the president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee earlier this year, in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. 

Posted By: Talib Khan