Sheila Dikshit served as the chief minister of Delhi for three consecutive terms, lasting from 1998 to 2013. She was the second woman chief minister of Delhi, after succeeding the previous Delhi chief minister, Sushma Swaraj. Dikshit was married to Late Vinod Dikshit, who was a member of the Indian Administrative Service and whose father, Late Umashankar Dikshit, was a famous independence activist and a former Governor and Union Cabinet Minister. Sheila Dikshit represented the Kannauj Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradesh from 1984 to 1989. Dikshit also represented India at the United Nations Commission on Status of Women for five years from 1984 to 1989. Dikshit was also Union Minister from 1986 to 1989, first as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and later as Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office. She passed away on 20th July 2019 after a prolonged illness.
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