Sheila Dikshit: The leader who transformed the face of Delhi

Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi, July 20: One of the tallest leaders of the Congress party during her prime, Sheila Dikshit will perhaps be best remembered for transforming Delhi's infrastructure in the run up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Born on March 31, 1938, Dixit was the longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi. She held to the Chief Minister's post for a period of 15 years, ruling from 1998 to 2013.

One of the most senior leaders of the Delhi Congress, Dikshit was suferring from health problems for the past few months.

She passed away on Saturday at the Fortis Escorts hospital following a cardiac attack.

During this period, she led a massive development drive to transform the national capital into truly, modern, world class city.

During this time, around 48 flyovers were reportedly contructed. The Delhi Metro was started, CNG was introduced to the Delhi-NCR region.

However, the massive scams which had dogged the UPA government at the centre and the Congress government in Delhi during the build up to the Commonwealth Games gave a massive hit to Dixit's political career.

After leading the Congress to three consecutive electoral victories in the Delhi Assembly, Dikshit was defeated in the New Delhi constituency by Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal during the December 2013 Delhi Legislative Assembly elections.

Kejriwal, who is the current incumbent, replaced her as the chief minister of Delhi.

Dikshit later became Governor of Kerala on March 11, 2014. But she resigned on August 25 that same year.

Early in her political career, she represented Kannauj parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh during the period between 1984 and 1989.

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