Sheila Dikshit is an Indian politician who was the longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi, serving for a period of 15 years from 1998 to 2013. Dikshit led Congress party to three consecutive electoral victories in Delhi.
Senior Congress leader in-charge of Delhi affairs P.C. Chacko and former Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken were on Tuesday conspicuous by their absence at a lunch get-together hosted by newly-appointed party unit chief Subhash Chopra here.
With Assembly elections just a few months away, Congress on Wednesday showed faith in senior leader Subhash Chopra, whose name was approved by interim party President Sonia Gandhi as the new chief of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC).
With just four months left for the Delhi Assembly polls, the incumbent AAP and opposition BJP are gearing up to give a tough fight to each other, while the Congress is still looking for a chief for its Delhi unit to lead the elections.
Ahead of the Assembly polls scheduled to take place early next year, the Congress has failed to appoint a new president for its Delhi unit - a position that fell vacant after the death of three-time Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
The wait for a Delhi Congress chief may end before the weekend.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi said on Saturday that former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit guided her "more like an older sister than party colleague" when she became party chief in 1998 and described her as "the best and most effective chief minister we have had".
Delhi has had two women Chief Ministers and both of them passed away in about a fortnight of each other.
The demise of Sushma Swaraj, a politician of many firsts, marks an end to a political era in Delhi, where she was the last of surviving former Chief Ministers after the death of Sheila Dikshit.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday visited the residence of the recently deceased former Delhi chief minister Shiela Dikshit and spent time with her family.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress general secretary for Uttar Pradesh east Priyanka Gandhi reached Congress headquarters to pay tributes to former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit whose mortal remains arrived at the party office on Sunday.