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    Sheila Dikshit Passes Away At 81: Sonowal Mourns, Himanta Says ‘Painful Loss’

    Guwahati: Three-time Delhi Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Shiela Dikshit breathed her last on July 20th, 2019 in New Delhi hospital following a cardiac arrest. She was the longest-serving Chief Minister of the capital city of the country.

    She was 81. Dikshit had been suffering from ill health for a long time and was admitted at the hospital at around 10.30 am on July 20th, 2019.

    Following the death of the former Delhi CM, condolence messages started pouring in from every nook and corner of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind were among the first ones to offer condolences on Congress leader’s demise.

    Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal too took to Twitter handle and mourned the death of Dikshit. “Deeply anguished to learn about the death of veteran leader and former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit ji. Praying for the departed soul, I offer my sincere condolences to the bereaved family members and well-wishers,” Sonowal tweeted.

    Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he is sad and termed her demise as a ‘painful loss. “I am deeply anguished to learn of the demise of Smt #SheilaDikshit. A woman so full of humility and charm, all my career I looked upto her and drew inspiration. She brought that rare calmness to the turbulent world of politics! It’s a painful loss. I am sad!,” Sarma wrote on Twitter.

    Congress parliamentarian and Assam Congress Committee President, Ripun Bora also expressed grief and offered prayers for the departed soul. Bora said that the death of Dikshit is a “great loss to the country as well as to the party”.

    President of All India Mahila Congress Sushmita Dev also expressed sadness and offered condolences to Dikshit’s family and friends. Dev said that the veteran Congress leader will be remembered as an “extremely warm person”.

    Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju also offered condolences over the death of Dikshit. Rijiju tweeted that the former Delhi Chief Minister was “blessed with a warm and affable personality”.

    Expressing shock over the demise of the Congress leader, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu offered his condolences.

    Dikshit was the longest-serving Chief Minister of Delhi, as well as the longest-serving female Chief Minister of any Indian state. She also served as the Governor of Kerala. An alumnus of Miranda House, she was born on  March 31st, 1938 in Kapurthala, Punjab. The last rites will be performed on July 21st, 2019.


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