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|Former Chief Minister of Delhi|
3rd December 1998 – 8th December 2013
|Preceded by||Sushma Swaraj|
|Succeeded by||Resigned on December 8, 2013|
|Member of Legislative Assembly
Gole Market (1998-2008)
3rd December 1998 – 8th 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|
|Alma mater||University of Delhi|
|As of 13 August, 2012
Source: Government of Delhi
Sheila Dikshit (born Sheila Kapoor) is an Indian politician who served as Chief Minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013. She led her party Indian National Congress to a record three consecutive electoral victories in Delhi. Dikshit represented the New Delhi constituency in the Legislative Assembly of Delhi. Her party lost the Assembly elections in December 2013.
Sheila Dikshit was born in Kapurthala in the Punjab state of India 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 had worked in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).
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.
While the Congress was facing a huge anti-incumbency and had to face a tough fight from the BJP and AAP (aam admi party), the defeat of three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has come as a huge blow for the ruling party.
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).
She has 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. She was shortlisted for the 2008 World Mayor award. As Chief Minister of Delhi, Dikshit was awarded the Best Chief Minister of India, by Journalist Association of India on 12 July 2008. In 2009, she was awarded Politician of the Year by NDTV..Chief Minister of Delhi Smt.Sheila Dikshit also Awarded for Delhi Women of the Decade Achievers Awards 2013, ASSOCHAM Ladies League for Outstanding Public Service.
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 excercise.
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 2012-13, 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.
She lost the election to delhi assembly on 8th December 2013 and Arvind Kejriwal founder of Aam Admi party won the election by a margin of 26000 votes.
She represented India on the U.N. Commission on Status of Women for five years (1984–89). 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 Tejinder Khanna, stating that he had not objected to the parole papers and had cleared the file paving way for Sharma's parole.
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