‘Best CM Delhi Ever Had’: Politicians, Journalists Pay Their Respects To Ex-Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit
A senior Congress leader who served as the national capital's chief minister for 15 years, the news of Dikshit's passing was met with grief across the board.
Three-time Delhi Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit passed away on Saturday, July 20 in New Delhi at the age of 81. Sheila Dikshit had reportedly been ill for a long time.
A senior Congress leader who served as the national capital’s chief minister for 15 years, the news of Dikshit’s passing was met with grief from across the board. Many hailed her as one of the best chief ministers Delhi had seen. They praised the development the capital had witnessed under her rule. From urban infrastructure to the Delhi Metro, Deikhsit had a lot to her credit.
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to President Ram Nath Kovind to present Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, all expressed their sadness and condolences.
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. pic.twitter.com/jERrvJlQ4X
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 20, 2019
Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 20, 2019
I’m devastated to hear about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond.
My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 20, 2019
Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji. It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 20, 2019
Just heard about the tragic demise of @SheilaDikshit ji. What terrible terrible news. I’ve always known her as a very warm & affectionate lady. She did wonders for Delhi as CM & will be greatly missed by all who knew her. May her soul rest in peace.
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) July 20, 2019
Saddened to hear that Smt Sheila Dikshit has passed away, a true congressperson she worked tirelessly building Delhi into a world class city, yet her heart was always set on working for the people, a loss for India, my condolences to the family & prayers for the departed soul pic.twitter.com/FCugKnMAvN
— Sachin Pilot (@SachinPilot) July 20, 2019
The passing away of Sheila Dikshit comes as a shock to all . She represented the spirit of the Congress epitomising all that that it stands for . Her 15 years as CM was a glorious period making Delhi what it is today . May her soul rest in peace .
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) July 20, 2019
Hard to believe-My mentor and a mother like figure to me #SheilaDikshit ji is no more.
Delhi can never forget her contribution
I will always thankfully remember the way she groomed me as a young politician and granted me valuable learning experience under her guidance! OmShanti pic.twitter.com/7G6xB2UIbC
— Ajay Maken (@ajaymaken) July 20, 2019
The passing away of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit is deeply saddening. She was a tall Congress leader known for her congenial nature.
Sheilaji was widely respected cutting across party lines. My thoughts are with her bereaved family & supporters. Om Shanti!
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 20, 2019
Several journalists who have covered Delhi news in Dikshit’s tenure too tweeted about her passing and paid their respects.
Very sad to hear about the death of @SheilaDikshit. She was a wonderful person, always told reporters to eat first, and then work. We will miss you ma’am . RIP
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) July 20, 2019
Just so tragic to hear about the demise of Delhi's longest serving Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Interviewed her several times. Photograph from 2015 when she was leaving her Nizamuddin house and she put her hand on my face lovingly and said aaj interview nahi doongi. #RIP Ma'am! pic.twitter.com/Ssv22sdWdc
— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) July 20, 2019
Breaking: the politician who changed the face of Delhi @SheilaDikshit passed away.: the capital owes her a huge debt..
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) July 20, 2019
It's been more than five years since she stopped being Delhi CM, yet in every nook & corner of this city you will hear a Delhiite thanking @SheilaDikshit for what she did to the city. Rest in peace, Mam.
— amrita madhukalya (@visually_kei) July 20, 2019
The woman who made Delhi what it is today has passed on. Farewell Sheilaji @SheilaDikshit you will be missed. Deepest condolences to her family and all those who loved her. What an awful awful loss!
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) July 20, 2019
RIP Sheila Dikshit. Delhi will miss her. pic.twitter.com/BmCrYbKMBR
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) July 20, 2019
Leaders and Chief Ministers like Sheila Dixit are a rarity. The best CM Delhi ever had. Turned this city around. What a loss!
— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) July 20, 2019