The mortal remains of former Delhi chief minister and senior Congress leader Sheila Dikshit were cremated at the Nigambodh Ghat in the national capital on Sunday. She was accorded state funeral.
The three-time chief minister and senior Congress leader, who gave Delhi its modern look, passed away Saturday afternoon at a private hospital here after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Hundreds of men and women and politicians from across the political spectrum paid their respects to the veteran leader, who announced her arrival on the political scene first in 1984 when she successfully contested from Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj.
Earlier, Congress workers jostled to have a glimpse of their leader as the remains were brought in a glass casket from her Nizaumuddin residence to the party headquarters.
The truck carrying the casket moved slowly as the road was packed with supporters who chanted 'Jab tak suraj chand rahega Sheila ji ka naam rahega'.
Several top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Ahmed Patel and chief ministers Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath, paid their last respects to Dikshit at the party office.
Earlier in the day, BJP patriarch L K Advani and former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj visited Dikshit's residence and paid homage.
Most of the people had some encounter with Dikshit during her 15 years stint as the chief minister of the national capital.
On Sunday morning, veteran BJP leaders L.K. Advani and Sushma Swaraj and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah visited her residence to pay tributes to the three-time Chief Minister of Delhi.
The Delhi government has announced two-day mourning and a state funeral for Dikshit.
(With inputs from PTI)
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