The former Delhi Chief Minister was suffering from heart ailments and had undergone surgeries several times. But she was unsuccessful in her race to win the North East Delhi seat in the lower house of parliament, known as the Lok Sabha.
According to sources, Dikshit had been undergoing treatment at Fortis Escorts hospital under the supervision of Dr. Seth for the past few years. She was 81.Dikshit breathed her last at 3.55 pm at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute.
Earlier this year, Dikshit was appointed as the new President of Delhi Congress.The three-time Delhi Chief Minister, had succeeded Ajay Maken, who quit as the Delhi Congress president on January 4 citing health reasons.
While Mr Kejriwal recalled his last meeting with Ms Dikshit, Mr Tiwari condoled her demise while reminiscing about her mother-like warmth.
Condoling the death of senior Congress leader, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Just now got to know about extremely bad news about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit Ji". For the next fifteen long years, she remained the uncrowned queen of Delhi transforming the national capital.
This sentiment would trigger reminiscences about her regime between 1998 and 2013; she said she was now sure both sets of voters would vote for the Congress in the Delhi elections in 2020. Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi laid a wreath and paid respects to the senior leader.
"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".
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) media secretary Naresh Kumar informed that her cremation will be held at Nigam Bodh Ghat at 2.30 PM on July 21.
I am shocked to hear the sudden passing away of Smt Shiela Dixit.
Dikshit's super political run in Delhi ended in 2013 at the hands of AAP founder Arvind Kejriwal who defeated her in the Assembly polls.
Deeply saddened at the passing of Sheila Dikshit Ji. It's a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. With one eye on the kitchen and another on what other family members would be doing, she was a person who never lost sight of anything around her. "May her blessed soul rest in peace".
Just now got to know about the extremely awful news about the passing away of Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji.
She played a crucial role in preventing her party from allying with the AAP in the recent Lok Sabha elections. 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 in the Rajiv Gandhi cabinet. Similarly, in 2019, Sheila Dikshit took charge of the Congress in Delhi.