Three-time Delhi chief minister and veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, whose contribution to transforming the national capital is acknowledged by leaders cutting across the party lines, passed away on Saturday following cardiac arrest. She was 81. She breathed her last at 3.55 pm at Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, doctors said. Her body has been kept at her Nizamuddin East residence where politicians visited to pay their last respects.
She will be accorded a state funeral today. Her last rites will take place at Nigambodh Ghat at 2:30 pm. The Delhi government has declared a two-day mourning in the national capital as a mark of respect for the former chief minister.
Check all the live updates here:
3:56 pm: Sheila Dikshit cremated with full state honours in Delhi.
3:39 pm: Sheila Dikshit's mortal remains have been brought to the Nigam Bodh ghat where her last rites will be performed shortly.
3:16 pm: Sheila Dikshit's body taken to her 'karmabhoomi' DPCC office.
3:00 pm: BJP leader Amit Shah is likely to attend Congress senior leader Sheila Dikshit's funeral at Nigambodh ghat.
2:15 pm: Preparations underway at Nigambodh Ghat for Sheila Dikshit's funeral.
2:00 pm: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath pays respects as former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit's state funeral procession is set to begin from the Congress Headquarters.
1:50 pm: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also took to Twitter to offer his condolences.
Paid my respects to late Smt. Sheila Dikshit ji. May her soul rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/d96XbJZE8F— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) July 21, 2019
1:20 pm: She was a great support for me. She became almost an elder sister & a friend. This is a big loss for Congress party. I will always remember her: UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on the demise of former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit.
1:10 pm: Others who paid their respect included senior Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia, Shivraj Patil, Ahmed Patel and Jagdish Tytler, Loktantrik Janta Dal (LJP) leader Sharad Yadav and CPI-M leaders Sitaram Yechury and Brinda Karat.
12:55 pm: Sonia Gandhi, who spent around five minutes at Sheila Dikshit's residence, met the deceased's sister Rama Dikshit and expressed her condolences.
12:45 pm: Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra pay tribute to former Delhi CM and Senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, at Congress Headquarter.
12:15 pm: Chants of 'Sheila Dixit Amar Rahe! Sheila Dixit Zindabad!' echo during the funeral procession of Sheila Dikshit.
12:00 pm: Mortal remains of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit being taken from her residence in Nizamuddin to Congress Headquarters.
Delhi: Mortal remains of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit being taken from her residence in Nizamuddin to Congress Headquarters. pic.twitter.com/T80zxxH3eh— ANI (@ANI) July 21, 2019
11:30 am: Sheila Dikshit’s mortal remains will be shifted to AICC headquarters shortly.
11:00 am: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani pays tribute to Sheila Dikshit.
10:22 am: Former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj pays tribute to Sheila Dikshit.
10:00 am: Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah pays tribute to former Delhi CM and Senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit.
9:30 am: Bihar Governor Lalji Tandon and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday expressed condolences on the death of senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit.
9:00 am: Former prime minister Manmohan Singh Saturday condoled the demise of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, saying the people will always remember her contribution to the development of the national capital.
8:30 am: The Delhi government declared a two-day mourning in the national capital as a mark of respect for former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who passed away on Saturday.
8:00 am: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Friday condoled the demise of his predecessor Sheila Dikshit and said that though she was a political rival and their views were opposite on many issues, he found her to be a warm and affectionate person.
7:30 am: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Saturday condoled the demise of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who had also served as the state Governor.