The former Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit’s passing away is the end of a chapter for a struggling Congress. The 81-year-old was the senior most leader in the party’s Delhi unit who cross .
Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi hailed Dikshit as a ‘beloved daughter of the Congress Party’. Former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh said it is a great loss for the country and the party. “Delhi has lost an outstanding leader and administrator who transformed the state beyond recognition. Country will remember her contribution towards the transformation of Delhi for a long time,” he said.
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Sonia Gandhi said Dikshit’s legacy will be remembered. “She brought grace, humanity, wisdom and excellence to everything she did. And with what courage and loyalty she served the Congress Party, till the end,” she said.
Dikshit was Delhi’s chief minister for 15-years from 1998 to 2013 and played a huge role in the capital’s development. She oversaw the construction of about 70 flyovers, including the ongoing Barapullah project, the operationalization and expansion of the Delhi Metro Rail Corperation (DMRC) network. And over the years, under her leadership, the capital city also saw a shift from diesel propelled public bus fleet en masse to compressed natural gas (CNG).
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Moreover, the late leader brought about the Delhi Secretariat to its present location. Varsha Joshi, a 1995-batch IAS officer of the AGMUT cadre, presently posted as the Commissioner of North Delhi Municipal Corporation wrote in a Facebook post as a tribute to Dikshit that Delhi Secretariat is her. Joshi said Dikshit made the building in her own image, that is, beautiful, elegant, hospitable and supremely comfortable. “At every turn in the city, there is something good to be found which bears her stamp. Was very fortunate that I got to speak to her just a couple of days ago, she happened to call, requesting to help someone. RIP Shelia Dikshit ma’am,” she wrote.
Dikshit passed away late Saturday afternoon. She had been ill for a long time. In the memory of the former chief minister, Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia tweeted that a two-day state mourning will be observed as a mark of respect in the late leader’s memory.