Added on : 2019-07-21 16:29:50
Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit was accorded a state funeral on Sunday in New Delhi. Hundreds of people turned up at the Congress headquarters to pay tribute to Dikshit. Political leaders and well-wishers, including leaders from the Congress's rival BJP, came to three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's home in south Delhi this morning to pay their respects, as the veteran Congress leader was cremated at a state funeral. She had died of a cardiac arrest on Saturday at age 81.
As per Dikshit’s wish, she was cremated in a compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of the traditional funeral pyre.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath were among the Congress leaders who paid their tributes to Sheila Dikshit.
Her body was taken to the Congress headquarters in central Delhi, from where the funeral procession went to the Nigam Bodh Ghat, where she was cremated. BJP's Sushma Swaraj and LK Advani, and National Conference's Omar Abdullah were among the leaders who came to the Nizamuddin home of the former Delhi Chief Minister.
A couple of hours ahead of her funeral, Dikshit’s body was brought in a glass casket to the Congress Headquarters. A number of senior leaders and party workers arrived at the party office to pay homage to the three-time Delhi CM.