Last rites of veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will be performed Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm at the Nigam Bodh Ghat. She will be accorded a state funeral.
Dikshit passed away at a hospital in Delhi on Saturday after suffering from cardiac arrest. She was 81.
Her body will be taken from her residence in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area to the Congress headquarters Sunday noon. It will be kept there between 12:15 pm and 1:30 pm for people to pay their final respects before her last rites.
Instead of a traditional pyre of wood, Diskhit will be cremated in a compressed natural gas (CNG) machine as she had wished, her son and former MP Sandeep Dikshit told ANI.
The Delhi government has decided to observe a two-day state mourning as a mark of respect in the memory of the three-time Delhi Chief Minister.
Prayers and condolences have been pouring in from across the political spectrum. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other political leaders had offered condolences on Saturday.
“Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti,” PM Modi tweeted.
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi said he was “devastated” at the news of the passing away of the party’s “beloved daughter”.
“I’m devastated to hear about passing away of Shiela Dikshit Ji, beloved daughter of Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond. My condolences to her family&citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief. (sic)”
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said she was deeply saddened by the demise of the Congress leader. “She loved me; whatever she did for Delhi and the country, people will remember it. She was a big leader of the party and her contribution towards the party, politics and especially to Delhi, is immense,” she said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that her demise was a huge loss for Delhi and that her contribution will always be remembered.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed grief and said that the country had lost a dedicated Congress leader of the masses.