India has lost a valued friend: PM Modi on demise of Sushil Koirala

Koirala was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and passed away due to Pneumonia at his residence Tuesday morning.

India has lost a valued friend: PM Modi on demise of Sushil Koirala

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep regret at the passing away of former prime minister of Nepal and Nepali Congress president Sushil Koirala.

PM Modi tweeted:

Koirala was suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and passed away due to Pneumonia at his residence Tuesday morning. He was 79.

Koirala, who was elected Prime Minister of Nepal on February 10, 2014, died at his residence in Maharajgunj in the outskirt of capital Kathmandu at 12.50 a.m. (local time), Nepali Congress general secretary Prakash Man Singh said.

His body will be taken to party’s central office at sanepa, Kathmandu and kept there for last tributes from party cadres and others, Singh said.

Born in Banaras, India, Koirala entered politics in 1954 and was in political exile in India for 16 years following the royal takeover of 1960.

He also spent three years in Indian prisons for his involvement in a plane hijacking in 1973.