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|Governor of Kerala|
4 March 2014
|Preceded by||H. R. Bhardwaj (Acting)|
|6th Chief Minister of Delhi|
03 December 1998 – 28 December 2013
|Preceded by||Sushma Swaraj|
|Succeeded by||Arvind Kejriwal|
|Member of Legislative Assembly
Gole Market (1998–2008)
03 December 1998 – 28 December 2013
|Preceded by||Kirti Azad|
|Succeeded by||Arvind Kejriwal|
|Member of Parliament
|Preceded by||Chhotey Singh Yadav|
|Succeeded by||Chhotey Singh Yadav|
|Member of Indian delegation
United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
|Prime Minister||Indira Gandhi
31 March 1938 |
Kapurthala, Punjab Province, British India
|Political party||Indian National Congress|
|Children||Sandeep Dikshit, Latika Dikshit Syed|
|Alma mater||Miranda House, University of Delhi|
|As of 13 August, 2012
Source: Government of Delhi
Sheila Dikshit née Sheila Kapoor (Hindi: शीला दीक्षित; born 31 March 1938) is an Indian politician who has been the 22nd Governor of Kerala since 2014. Previously she served as Chief Minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013.
Dikshit led the Indian National Congress to a record three consecutive electoral victories in Delhi. She is often credited for Delhi's growing infrastructure including roads and flyovers, a less polluted city, better public transport system as well as development on the health and educational fronts. However, she was also criticized for her lack of control over law enforcement, leading to rise of crime in Delhi.
In December 2013 elections to the Legislative Assembly of Delhi, Dikshit was defeated in her own constituency, New Delhi, by the anti-corruption politician Arvind Kejriwal. She was subsequently appointed as Governor of Kerala on 4 March 2014.
Sheila Dikshit was born on March 31, 1938 in Kapurthala, Punjab into a Punjabi Khatri family. She was educated at the Convent of Jesus and Mary School in New Delhi and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in history from the Miranda House at the University of Delhi. Dikshit was married to late Vinod Dikshit from Unnao District (Unnao), UP, who worked as an officer in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). Sheila Dikshit has a son, Sandeep Dikshit, and a daughter, Latika Syed. Sandeep Dikshit, a representative of the Indian National Congress, is a Member of Parliament (MP) of the 15th Lok Sabha of India.
Dikshit became Chairperson of the Women's Association and was instrumental in setting up two of the most successful hostels for working women in Delhi during the 1970s. She later worked as executive secretary.
During the period between 1984 and 1989, she represented Kannauj Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradesh. As a member of Parliament, she served on the Estimates Committee of Lok Sabha. Dikshit also chaired the Implementation Committee for Commemoration of Forty Years of India's Independence and Jawaharlal Nehru centenary. She represented India at United Nations Commission on Status of Women for five years (1984–1989).
Dikshit is the longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi having been elected for three consecutive terms starting in 1998. As of Nov 2013, she has served for nearly 15 years as the Chief Minister of Delhi. Shortly after her assuming office, the Congress managed only one of the seven seats in Delhi in the 1999 Lok Sabha Elections. Subsequently, in the 2004 Lok Sabha Elections, the Congress won 6 and then won all 7 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.
Dikshit represented the Gole Market assembly constituency in the 1998 and 2003 Assembly elections and currently represents the reorganized New Delhi constituency formed after the delimitation exercise.
In November 2013, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has declared assets whose value has more than doubled during the past five years, reaching around Rs 2.7 crore. Dikshit's owns an apartment in Nizamuddin East worth around 98 lakh but does not own any vehicle. In her income tax return for 2012–2013, she has shown a total income of around 13 lakh. According to Dikshit's affidavit filed before 2008 assembly election, Dikshit had Rs 1.3 crore in moveable and immoveable properties. She had mentioned Rs 67 lakh in cash and deposits and Rs 63 lakh worth flat in Nizamuddin East.
Her party was wiped out in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election, 2013 and Arvind Kejriwal founder of Aam Admi party won the election in the New Delhi Assembly constituency by a margin of 25,864 votes. She resigned on 8 December 2013, but remained the care-taker Chief Minister of Delhi till the new Government was sworn in on 28 December 2013. She is the longest serving Chief Minister of the Hindi Heartland.
She represented India on the U.N. Commission on Status of Women for five years (1984–1989). 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. Electrified by this, hundreds of thousands of citizens all over UP joined the movement and courted arrest. Earlier, in the early 1970s, she was chairperson of the Young Women's Association and was instrumental in the setting up two of most successful hostels for working women in Delhi.
She is also the Secretary of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust..
In 2009, Delhi Lokayukta investigated a complaint filed by advocate Sunita Bhardwaj, a BJP worker, saying that Dikshit misused Rs 3.5 crore received from the Central government under the Jawahar Lal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission for Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojana to give out political advertisements. The lokayukta later dropped the corruptions claims. The complainant then sought to book Dikshit under the Representation of People’s Act, claiming she had been "misrepresenting facts" about the flats her government had built for the urban poor. It was ruled by the lokayukta that the government actions did not fall foul of the act but it will try to book her under the Section 2 (b) of the Act that stipulates adherence to norms of conduct and integrity expected of "public functionaries". The case is now nearing a verdict with the final arguments having begun.
Dikshit has hit back at the lokayukta, stating: "[lokayukta] can't be the sole judge of what is unethical" and the anti-graft watchdog should "limit itself to core corruption issues".
In August 2013 the obdusmen court ordered an FIR to be filed against her and others for allegedly misusing government funds for an advertising campaign ahead of the 2008 assembly elections.
Dikshit was accused of corruption regarding the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report allegedly blamed her for irregularities in imported equipment for street lighting in the city during the games. Delhi chief secretary PK Tripathi stated that the Chief Minister played no part in awarding contracts for street lighting in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games.
Parole to Manu Sharma
On November 2009, Dikshit came under criticism for granting parole to Manu Sharma after media reports of him visiting night clubs in Delhi emerged. Manu Sharma is accused of murdering Jessica Lal and is serving life sentence. Dikshit defended her decision to sign the parole papers, declaring nothing "illegal or unlawful" was done in extending the benefit to the prisoner. The Delhi high court claimed she had given preferential treatment to Sharma in granting parole while neglecting such pleas of "poor" people languishing in jail for years. Asked about the high court's criticism of the decision, Dikshit justified her position, saying "whatever files I receive, they come through proper channels." Dikshit pointed out Delhi Lt governor paving way for Sharma's parole.
Her statements in context with the Delhi Rape Case
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's remark in the Assembly on Friday said that only one gang-rape in the city in December last year had prompted her government to launch the 181 helpline drew sharp criticism with BJP saying it reflected her "insensitivity" towards women. In the midst of deep grief over the death of the gang-rape victim at a Singapore hospital, controversial and derogatory statements by some politicians continue to spark outrage among the public.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's "theek hai" remark, which was made at the end of his address to the nation over the Delhi gang-rape incident, drew intense criticism from the public. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit repeated the blunder with her "It's okay" remark after her statement to reporters condoling the death of the young medical student.
It is said that her remarks regarding this case and her weak attitude led to her defeat in the elections in 2013, where she not only lost her chief minister-ship but also her MLA seat.
Honors, Awards and Recognition
- 2008 As Chief Minister of Delhi, Dikshit was awarded the Best Chief Minister of India, by Journalist Association of India on 12 July 2008.
- 2010 Dikshit was conferred with the prestigious Dara Shikoh award by the Indo-Iran Society for her contribution to peace, harmony and brotherhood.
- 2013 Dikshit was awarded for Delhi Women of the Decade Achievers Awards 2013, ASSOCHAM Ladies League for Outstanding Public Service.
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