New Delhi, Jul 20 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, known to have a close bond with the former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Diskshit, said he was devastated to hear about the demise of 'beloved daughter' of the Congress party.
"I am devastated to hear about the passing away of Sheila Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond. My condolences to her family and the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a three term Chief Minister, in this time of great grief," Gandhi tweeted.
Shiela Dikshit was also very close to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The senior Congress leader passed away at the age of 81.Dikshit, who was appointed president of the Delhi Congress in January after Ajay Maken stepped down citing health issues, died in Escorts Hospital in Delhi on Saturday afternoon.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his deputy Sachin Pilot also expressed shock over the demise of Sheila Dikshit.AICC communication in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said Dikshit was a dedicated soldier of the party.
"The ever smiling humanist, the conscientious administrator, the infrastructure building politician,the dedicated soldier of party, the woman who reshaped Delhi. We will always miss you, and so will Delhi. Deepest Homage", he tweeted. In its condolence message, Congress said, "Lifelong congresswoman and as three time Chief Minister of Delhi she transformed the face of Delhi. Our condolences to her family and friends. Hope they find strength in this time of grief."(UNI)