Veteran Indian politician Sheila Dikshit dies

The former chief minister of Delhi,India, Sheila Dikshit has died aged 81, following a long illness.

The veteran politician was the longest-serving chief minister of the Indian capital, serving for three terms from 1998 to 2013.

Dikshit also served as the governor of the southern state of Kerala and as president of the main opposition Congress Party in Delhi.

Ms Dikshit passed away on Saturday afternoon at a hospital in the capital.

Earlier this year she was named as a Congress candidate in the general election. But she was unsuccessful in her race to win the North East Delhi seat in the lower house of parliament, known as the Lok Sabha.

The Delhi government had declared two day mourning in the national capital as a mark of respect for her. PM Modi, Rajnath Singh, Sonia Gandhi and other top leaders paid their respct to Sheila Dikshit at her residence.

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