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A look at political career of former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit

Sheila Dikshit was born Sheila Kapoor on 31st March 1938 in Kapurthala. She did her schooling from the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, New Delhi and did her Master of Arts in History from Miranda House, Delhi University.

Sheila Dikshit had been the longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi. She served as the Chief Minister of Delhi for three terms that is for a period of 15  from 1998 to 2013. Dikshit represented the Gole Market assembly constituency in the 1998 and 2003 Assembly elections and New Delhi constituency from 2008.

In the December 2013 elections, she was defeated by Aam Admi Party’s founder Arvind Kejriwal who replaced her as the CM of Delhi.  Subsequently she served as the 22nd Governor of Kerala from March 2014 but she soon resigned in August 2014.

Dikshit was married to Vinod Dikshit, son of independence activist and former West Bengal Governor Uma Shankar Dikshit. Dikshit has two children, son Sandeep Dikshit and a daughter, Latika Syed.

She started her political career from Uttar Pradesh as a Member of Parliament from Kannauj constituency between 1984 and 1989. She represented India at United Nations Commission on Status of Women for five years (1984–1989).

She also served as a Union Minister during 1986–1989, first as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and later as a Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office.

In Uttar Pradesh, she and her 82 colleagues were jailed in August 1990 for 23 days by the state government when she led a movement against the atrocities being committed on women.

She was also the Secretary of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. Dikshit was accused of corruption regarding the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Served as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs from 1984-1989 when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister.

Was the member of the Indian delegation to United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (1984-1989). Assumed office as the President of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on 10th January 2019.

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