The Legendary Sheila Dikshit

Sheila Dikshit, certainly one of the tallest chieftains of Congress and the three-time chief minister of Delhi, passed away at 81 after a continuous illness on Saturday.

At 3:55 pm, the time she took her last inhale at Escorts Apollo hospital, a magnificent part of Delhi’s rise to 21st century made an conclusion. Dikshit was the longest-reigning chief minister of Delhi, serving up for 15 years from 1998 to 2013 the year that saw the emergence of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party quitting the Congress’s rule.

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

Sheila Dixit was handpicked by Rajiv Gandhi to be a part of his council of ministers after he eventually became the prime minister in 1984. Throughout the time period between 1984 and 1989, she depicted Kannauj parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh. As being an associate of Parliament, she serviced on the Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha. Dikshit additionally chaired the Administration Committee for Commemoration of 40 Years of India’s Independence and Jawaharlal Nehru centenary.

She catered for India at United Nations Commission on Status of Women for 5 years (1984–1989). She also functioned as a Union Minister within 1986–1989, initially as the minister of state for Parliamentary Affairs and then as a minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office. In Uttar Pradesh, she together with her 82 co-workers were jailed in August 1990 for 23 days by the state government in the event she directed a movement against the atrocities for being committed against women.

Early, at the beginning of 1970s, she was chairperson of the Young Women’s Association and also was crucial in the establishing of 2 of the most successful hostels for working women in Delhi. She was also the secretary of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

In the 1998 parliamentary elections, Dikshit was beaten by Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lal Bihari Tiwari in East Delhi constituency. Later on during the year, Dikshit grew to become Chief Minister of Delhi, a role she apprehended until 2013. Dikshit depicted the Gole Market assembly constituency in the 1998 and 2003 Assembly elections and New Delhi constituency from 2008.

Her party was removed in the 2013 Delhi Legislative Assembly election and Arvind Kejriwal, founder of the Aam Admi party, won the election in the New Delhi Assembly constituency by a margin of 25,864 votes. She resigned on 8 December 2013, but continued as the caretaker Chief Minister of Delhi till the new government was sworn in on 28 December 2013. She was embraced as the governor of Kerala in March 2014, but was pressured to resign after 5 months.

Sheila Dikshit was quite enthusiastic about Western music since her young age and would stay near the radio awaiting her favourite songs to be aired alongside a few years later additionally built a enthusiasm for footwear.

Besides this, reading was also her passion. Dikshit just had pointed out these in her autobiography Citizen Delhi: My Times, My Life’ that published a year ago.

Dikshit was admitted to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute on 19 July 2019 for cardiac arrhythmia as well as put on a ventilator within a brief while of her admission. Her illness stabilized temporarily, but she did not get better from several cardiac arrests. Sheila Dikshit died at 3:55 pm on 20 July 2019, at the age of 81.

The Delhi government announced a two-day mourning period on her death, and accorded her a state funeral.

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