Sheila Dikshit: The longest serving woman chief minister
Former chief minister of Delhi and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit passed away in Delhi on Saturday at the age of 81 years. On Saturday morning, she was admitted in a critical condition to Escorts hospital in the capital following cardiac arrest.
A multi-disciplinary team of doctors 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 3:55pm, hospital said.
Longest serving CM
Dikshit served as the chief minister of Delhi for three terms from 1998 to 2013. She was the longest serving chief minister of Delhi. In the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls, under her leadership, the Congress party managed to push AAP candidates on the third place in five of the seven seats in Delhi, besides registering growth in its vote share.
Active role in politics after retirement
In January this year, the three-time former Delhi chief minister was appointed president of the city unit after the incumbent Ajay Maken stepped down citing health issues. Despite being an octagenarian, Dikshit led the party in Lok Sabha polls and herself contested against Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari from the North East Delhi seat. She lost by over 3.66 lakh votes.
Dikshit became an MP for the first time from Kannauj Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh in 1984. She was also a close associate of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and a minister in his cabinet.
She resigned on 8 December 2013, but remained the caretaker chief minister of Delhi till the new Government was sworn in on 28 December 2013. She was appointed as the governor of Kerala in March 2014, but was forced to resign five months later.
Allegations against her
In 2010, Dikshit was accused of corruption regarding the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Comptroller and Auditor General report blamed her for irregularities in imported equipment for street lighting in the city during the games. However, Delhi chief secretary P. K. Tripathi stated that the chief minister played no part in awarding contracts for street lighting in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games.
In 2013, a trial court ordered registration of an FIR against Dikshit others for allegedly misusing government funds for an advertisement campaign before the 2008 assembly polls.