Former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit laid to rest with full state honours

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Shiela Dikshit laid to rest
Shiela Dikshit laid to rest

New Delhi : Three times Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, who died on Saturday at the age of 81, has been laid to rest with full state honours.

During her last journey, the hearse carrying the casket moved slowly from her house to the party headquarters towards the funeral with her supporters shouting "Jab tak suraj chand rahega Sheilaji ka naam rahega".

Former Delhi CM took her last breath on Sunday after she suffered a cardiac arrest. Soon after the news came to the light, the political leaders left everything aside and started praising her for her efforts towards development of the national capital.

Top Congress leaders, including UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, were present at the funeral.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Home Minister Satyendar Jain were among those who attended the last rites.

Earlier, paying homage to Dikshit, Sonia said the three-time chief minister of Delhi was a friend and like an elder sister to her. Her demise was a big loss to the Congress party, she said.

As the 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 also initiated green reforms in public transport sector successfully accomplishing the shift from polluting vehicles to a CNG-based fleet.