Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit cremated with state honours

Last Updated: July 22, 2019

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Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit cremated with state honours
22 July 2019 Current Affairs: Sheila Dikshit, three-time chief minister of Delhi, who is credited with the “all-round” development of the national capital was cremated with full state honors on July 21.
She passed away due to a cardiac arrest. At the national capital's oldest cremation ground, Nigambodh Ghat. As per her wish, the Congress leader was laid to rest using the CNG method.

Sheila Dikshit  was an Indian politician who was one of the longest-serving chief ministers of Delhi, as well as the longest-serving female chief minister of any Indian state, serving for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013


 UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who was also present at the funeral. Union home minister Amit Shah, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Delhi home minister Satyendar Jain were among those who attended the last rites. On July 20 Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited her residence, accompanied by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari.

        The Delhi government declared a two day mourning period in the national capital as a mark of respect for Sheila.

        Longest-serving woman chief minister who steered her party to victory for three consecutive terms in 1998, 2003 and 2008, Dikshit ushered in an era of all-round development that transformed Delhi into a world-class capital.

 She was credited for national capital's growing infrastructure including roads and flyovers and a better public transport system. Curb pollution was introduced in the national capital by Dikshit during her tenure. She initiated green reforms in the public transport sector, successfully accomplishing the shift from polluting vehicles to a CNG based fleet.

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