Keeping political rivalry aside, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pioneers on Saturday approached to express their anguish over the death of Congress’ 81-year-old stalwart Sheila Dikshit because of heart failure.
Association Home Minister Amit Shah took to Twitter and stated: “I am extremely sad with the passing away of former chief minister of Delhi, Mrs. Sheila Dixit. I express my condolences to her families and supporters. God give strength to her family in this hour of grief and give lasting peace to the departed soul. Om Shanti, Shanti Shanti.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh remembered her as a “tall Congress leader known for her congenial nature”.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, “I am distressed to hear the news of the death of Mrs. Sheila Dikshit, a former Delhi chief minister and senior Congress leader. Her contributions to the development of Delhi will always be remembered. I have all my feelings for her families. May God give peace to the soul of Sheila ji. Om Shanti.”
Yogi Adityanath said in a tweet, “I am saddened to hear about the demise of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. My prayers are with the family and friends of Dikshit ji. May her soul rest in peace.”
BJP leader Arun Jaitley said, “Saddened to know about the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji, senior leader of the Congress party. Condolences to bereaved family members and supporters. She will be remembered for her works. May God give peace to the departed soul. Om Shanti.”
Dikshit had served as Delhi’s chief minister for three consecutive terms between 1998 and 2013 and was succeeded by Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal.