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Ten things you should know about India's longest-serving female CM Sheila Dikshit

Born in Punjab, Shiela Dikshit, was a chirpy Miranda House girl whose entry into politics was accidental.

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Updated: Jul 21, 2019, 01.16 PM IST
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Sheila Dikshit no more, tributes pour in
Sheila Dikshit no more, tributes pour in
Veteran Congress stalwart and India's longest-serving female chief minister Shiela Dikshit passed away in a hospital in Delhi today. A veteran leader of the Congress party, Dikshit served as chief minister of Delhi for three consecutive terms, from 1998 to 2013.

She is credited for Delhi's improved infrastructure including roads and flyovers, better public transport system, as well as development on the health and educational fronts, during her tenure. During her 15-year rule, the face of Delhi changed completely from being an extended outpost of Punjabi-Haryanvi culture to a thriving cosmopolitan.

Here are ten things you should know about Shiela Dikshit:
1. Born in Kapurthala, Punjab to a non-political family in 1938, Dikshit did her schooling from Convent of Jesus and Mary School in Delhi and completed her MA in history from Delhi University's Miranda House college.

2. She started her political career from Uttar Pradesh as a Member of Parliament from Kannauj constituency in 1984.

3. Dikshit, a loyalist of the Gandhi family, was handpicked by Rajiv Gandhi to serve as a Union minister in his Cabinet from 1986-1989.

4. Dikshit was married in 1962 to Vinod Dikshit, son of freedom fighter and former West Bengal governor Uma Shankar Dikshit, who came from Ugu village of Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

5. Her entry into politics was accidental. Her father-in-law Uma Shankar Dikshit was a Cabinet minister in Indira Gandhi’s government. Indira noticed her work and nominated her as a delegate of the United Nations Commission on the issue of status of women.

6. She was jailed in 1990 for 23 days in Uttar Pradesh for leading a movement against the atrocities on women.

7. She fought Lok Sabha elections in 1998 from East Delhi constituency but lost the election against BJP's Lal Bihari Tiwari.

8. She became Chief Minister of Delhi in 1998 after Congress' resounding victory. The party won 52 out of 70 seats. She served as Delhi CM for three consecutive terms between 1998-2013.

9. Her largely glorious legacy in Delhi ended in 2013 when Congress was reduced to just eight seats due to large scale corruption charges. She was appointed as the Governor of Kerala in March 2014, but resigned after few months.

10. She made a come back in 2019 when party made her the Delhi Congress chief just ahead of Lok Sabha election in 2019, but she herself lost the North East seat in Delhi to BJP's Manoj Tiwari.

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Deeply saddened by Sheila Dikshit's demise: Modi

21 Jul, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit at her residence, in New Delhi.Read more: Sheila Dikshit, the leader with iron fist in velvet glove | The CM who transformed Delhi | View: Sheila Dikshit was ambitious but in refined way | Dikshit was well till Friday, the end came suddenly
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Big loss

20 Jul, 2019
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.
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