NEW DELHI: Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit passed away at a private hospital here on Saturday.
As per the report, she suffered a cardiac arrest and breathed her last around 3.55 pm.
81-year-old Congress leader was admitted to Escorts hospital a few days ago.
Sheila Dikshit was Delhi’s longest-serving chief minister and senior-most Congress leader in its Delhi unit. She served as Delhi's chief minister for 15 years.
She had managed to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for consecutive terms but lost power to the Aam Aadmi Party led by Arvind Kejriwal in December 2013.
After her electoral defeat in Delhi, Dikshit became the Governor of Kerala in March 2014
"Mrs Sheila Dixit was brought in the morning of July 20 to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla, in a critical condition with a cardiac arrest," the hospital said in a statement.
"A multi-disciplinary team of doctors, led by Dr Ashok Seth, chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, carried out the advanced resuscitative measures. Her condition stabilised temporarily. However, she had another cardiac arrest and despite all the resuscitative efforts, passed away at 3:55 pm on July 20," it added.
The Congress said it regrets the death of Sheila Dikshit. The party said as chief minister, she transformed the face of Delhi in her 15-year tenure.
"We regret to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit. Lifelong congresswoman and as three times 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," the Congress said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was deeply saddened by the Dikshit's demise.
“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.
Sheila Dikshit served as a parliamentarian from the Kannauj constituency from 1984-1989 and served as a Union minister from 1986-1989.
Her political career from Delhi started in earnest in 1998, when she defeated the BJP’s Lal Bihari Tiwari from east Delhi in the Lok Sabha election and became the CM the next year.