Sheila Dikshit Age, Death, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

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Age: 81 Years
Husband: Late Vinod Dikshit
Net Worth: Rs. 5 Crore

Sheila Dikshit

PartyIndian National Congress (INC)
Political Journey 1970s: She became the Chairperson of Young Women’s Association.
1984: Became the Member of Parliament from Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh.
1986-89: Became the Union minister. During this period, she also worked as minister of state for parliamentary affairs.
1998: Became the Chief Minister of Delhi.
2003: Again became the Chief Minister of Delhi.
2008: Became the Chief Minister of Delhi for the third time.
2013: Lost the Delhi Assembly Elections and on 8 December, she resigned as the Chief Minister of Delhi.
2014: In March, appointed as the Governor of Kerala but was forced to resign five months later.
2019: Lost the Lok Sabha Elections to BJP's Manoj Tiwari by 366102 votes from the North East Delhi Constituency.
Physical Stats & More
Heightin centimeters- 149 cm
in meters- 1.49 m
in Feet Inches- 4’ 11”
Weightin Kilograms- 68 kg
in Pounds- 150 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth31 March 1938
Date of Death20 July 2019
Age (at the time of death)81 Years
BirthplaceKapurthala, Punjab, India
Place of DeathFortis Escorts Hospital, New Delhi
Death CauseCardiac arrhythmia (irregular heart beat) and other age related ailments
Zodiac signAries
HometownDelhi, India
SchoolConvent of Jesus and Mary School, New Delhi
College/UniversityMiranda House, University of Delhi
Educational QualificationMA (History) From the University of Delhi in 1959
FamilyFather- Not Known
Mother- Not Known
Brother- Not Known
Sister- Pam Malhotra and Rama Dhawan
Sheila Dikshit with her sisters
Address1st Floor B-2 Nizamuddin East, New Delhi 110013
HobbiesReading, Listening to Music
Controversies • In 2009, she was criticized for granting parole to Manu Sharma (accused of Jessica Lal murder case).
• Same year, she was accused by Sunita Bhardwaj (BJP) of misusing Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojana funds given by the central government for her own advertisements. Later in 2013, she was found guilty by the court and an FIR was lodged against her.
• In 2010, the CAG accused her of corruption and lopsidedness in the street-light equipment imported for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
• In 2016, the ACB summoned her on 26 August, in case of Water Tanker Distribution scam that happened during her 3rd tenure as the Chief Minister of Delhi.
Favourite Things
Favourite PoliticianSonia Gandhi
Favourite FoodEgg toast, cheese, papaya, aloo gobhi, pasta and cold coffee
Favourite ActorGregory Peck and Rock Hudson
Favourite BookAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
HusbandLate Vinod Dikshit (former IAS)
ChildrenSon- Sandeep Dikshit (Congress Politician)
Sheila Dikshit with her husband
Daughters- Latika Syed
Sheila Dikshit with her daughter
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 5 Crore (as in 2019)

Sheila Dikshit

Some Lesser Known Facts About Sheila Dikshit

  • Dikshit started her career in the early 1970s by becoming the Chairperson of Young Women’s Association.
  • Before joining politics, she also worked as an executive secretary for Garment Exporters’ Association.
  • Though she belonged to a Khatri Family (Kapoor), she did an inter-caste marriage with Vinod Dikshit, who was from a Brahmin family and was the son of Late Uma Shankar Dikshit, a renowned freedom fighter and former union cabinet minister.
  • In 1990, she was jailed along with her 82 supporters for 23 days by the state government when she protested against the violence on women.
  • She considered Sonia Gandhi as her inspiration.
  • Her office house in the Motilal Nehru Marg, Delhi was famous for its fruit bats and semal (red silk-cotton) trees.
  • After losing the Chief Minister seat, the then UPA Government appointed her the Governor of Kerala on 11 March 2014, but under the pressure of NDA government, she had to resign from the post on 25 August 2014.
  • Though she had ups-and-downs during her 15 years tenure as the CM of Delhi, she gained immense respect for her quality of work, development-oriented and statesmanlike approach and easy availability.
  • She loved reading Osho’s work.
  • In July 2016, she was chosen as Congress’ Chief Minister Candidate for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative elections.
  • On 20 July 2019, she died of Cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) and other age-related ailments at Fortis Escorts Hospital in New Delhi.
  • On 21 July 2019, the mortal remains of Sheila Dikshit were cremated at the CNG crematorium at Nigam Bodh Ghat in New Delhi.