Sheila Dikshit (née Kapoor; 31 March 1938 – 20 July 2019), occasionally anglicised Dixit, was an Indian politician and stateswoman. One of the longest-serving chief ministers of Delhi, as well as the longest-serving female chief minister of any Indian state, she served for a period of 15 years beginning in 1998. Dikshit led Congress party to three consecutive electoral victories in Delhi.
Dikshit lost the December 2013 elections to the Delhi Legislative Assembly to the Aam Aadmi Party. She briefly served as the Governor of Kerala in 2014. Dikshit was later declared a chief ministerial candidate for the Indian National Congress in the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly election, but withdrew her nomination. She was appointed as president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on 10 January 2019 and remained in office until her death in July later that year.
She is also known as Sheila Kapoor and Sheila Dixit.
Dikshit was admitted to Fortis Escorts Heart Institute on 19 July 2019 for cardiac arrhythmia and was put on a ventilator within a few moments of her admission. Her condition stabilized temporarily, however she did not recover from multiple cardiac arrests and her condition worsened during the following period. She later died at 3:55 pm on 20 July 2019, at the age of 81.
The Delhi government announced a two-day mourning period on her death, and accorded her a state funeral.