Three times chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit passes away. She was 81, the reason behind her death is yet to be disclosed. She was the second women chief minister of Delhi after Sheila Dixit.
Sheila Dikshit was appointed as CM of Delhi in 1998 and held the position for the 3 consecutive terms till 2013. Sheila’s entry into politics was not very certain. Her father in law independence activist and former West Bengal Governor Uma Shankar Dikshit was the reason behind her entry into politics.
Till date, Sheila Dikshit has been the longest-serving Chief Minister of Delhi. She was elected for the first time to this position on 3 December 1998 and continued till 28 December 2013. Her tenure as Delhi CM was beset with a number of issues such as accusations of corruption, especially during the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Her decision to approve parole to Manu Sharma, the main accused in the Jessica Lal case, was highly contentious as well. Her remarks and inept handling of the situation post-Nirbhaya gang-rape incident, also led to her criticism by her political opponents on grounds of insensitivity towards women.
Sheila Dikshit has also served as the Governor of Kerala from 11 March 2014 to 25 August 2014.