Former Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. The veteran leader, who headed the Delhi unit of the Congress, was 81.

Ms. Dikshit served as Chief Minister for 15 years from 1998-2013 and was subsequently appointed the Governor of Kerala.

Politically active until her death, she had unsuccessfully contested the recent Lok Sabha elections from North-East Delhi.

Earlier, as a legislator, she represented the New Delhi constituency in the Delhi Vidhan Sabha. Ms. Dikshit had also served as a Minister in Rajiv Gandhi’s Council of Ministers after making her debut as a Lok Sabha member from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh in 1984.