Girija Prasad Koirala passes away at 86; last rites on Sunday
Last rites tomorrow
Hundreds thronging the veteran leader's residence
KATHMANDU, MAR 20 -
Nepali Congress (NC) President Girija Prasad Koirala passed away at 12: 10 p.m. on Saturday, NC central leaders confirmed. He was 86.
Following an emergency meeting of the NC Central Working Committee at 1:45 at Sujata Koirala's residence in Mandikhatar, where the NC President breathed his last, the doctors involved in his treatment announced that the veteran leader is no more.
Koirala, who fell unconscious at around 5 a.m this morning, was declared dead after seven hours.
Doctors said Koirala who was suffering from pulmonary dieseas died of complications after infection in his lungs.
Last rites tomorrow
Koirala's last rites will be performed tomorrow afternoon at Pashupati Aryaghat.
Koirala's body will be kept at Dashrath Stadium tomorrow at Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to offering the last tribute. Then the funeral process will be carried out from Dasharath Stadium before to Pashupati Aryaghat for the last rites.
His body will be cremated as per the Hindu rituals.
A separate intensive care unit was set up at his residence in Mandikhatar following further deterioration of his health yesterday.
The former Prime Minister and the NC President Koirala, who was credited with playing a crucial role in Nepal's peace process and the democratic movement, was taking rest at the residence of his only daughter Sujata following his discharge from Sahid Gangalal Heart Centre, Bansbari on Wednesday.
Koirala's health condition was further worsened this morning and went unconscious. He was kept under constant supply of oxygen for the past few weeks.
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Born in 1925 to late Krishna Prasad Koirala and Divya Koirala in Bihar when they were in exile, Koirala started his political career joining the Indian Freedom Struggle and the historical revolution against autocratic Rana regime by organising the first labour's Movement in Biratnagar Jute Mill in 1947-48.
He was active in politics for over sixty years and was a pioneer of the Nepali labour movement.
Koirala became the elected Prime Minister of country in 1991-1994 after the multiparty democracy was restored in the country by abolishing the Panchayat regime in 1990. He served as the Prime Minister of the country for four non-consecutive terms.
During Panchayat regime, he was exiled in India until his return to Nepal in 1979.
Koirala was elected as a Member of Parliament from Morang-1 and Sunsari-5 constituencies in 1991. Later, he was appointed as the prime minister by late King Birendra.
Following the collapse of Surya Bahadur Thapa led coalition government; Koirala took over as Prime Minister from Thapa. Koirala first headed a Nepali Congress minority government until 1998 after which he headed a three-party coalition government with the CPN-UML and the Nepal Sadhbhawana Party.
Koirala became Prime Minister in 2000 for his third term following the resignation of Krishna Prasad Bhattarai.
Following the Royal Palace massacre, Koirala resigned in July 2001 after being criticised for his perceived inability to handle the crisis.
Koirala was selected to become prime minister by the leaders of the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) on April 24, 2006 following the reinstatement of the House of Representatives.
Koirala was re-elected as Prime Minister to head a new government composed of the SPA and the CPN (Maoist) On April 1, 2007,
Constituent Assembly election, 2008
Nepali Congress lost its standing majority control in CA election in 2008. It holds 110 seats in the 601-member CA.
On January 8, 2010, the much-anticipated High Level Political Mechanism was formed under Koirala's leadership, in what has been described as the body to assist in the major tasks facing the country--to logically conclude the peace process and promulgate the new constittuion.
He was bed-ridden for some months and his ills health had limited his involvement in the politics. However, he was always in the centre of it.
Posted on: 2010-03-20 12:00