Nepal`s `Quit India` fighter PM dies at 87

Nepal`s former PM Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, the last surviving founding leader of Nepali Congress, has died.

Updated: Mar 05, 2011, 10:44 AM IST

Kathmandu: Nepal`s former prime minister
Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, the last surviving founding leader
of Nepali Congress, died tonight at a hospital here.
He was 87.

The doctors at the Norvic International Hospital here
where Bhattarai was admitted pronounced him dead at 11:26 pm,
the Republica reported.

"Bhattarai died of cardiac arrest," Executive Director
and Consultant Cardiologist at the hospital Dr Bharat Rawat
was quoted as saying by the paper.

Bhattarai, who was admitted to hospital three weeks
ago, had renal shutdown and doctors had given up almost all
hope of saving him.

His body was taken to his Ashram in Bandegaun,
Lalitpur after midnight.

Earlier, President Ram Baran Yadav had visited the
hospital at around 10 in the evening after hearing of
Bhattarai`s terminal condition.

Bhattarai’s condition had deteriorated significantly
on Wednesday and he had slipped into a coma.

He had low oxygen levels with kidney, lungs and heart
complications. His cerebral function was also very low with
low oxygen and blood flow to the brain.

He had not eaten anything for six days and was being
fed through a tube inserted in the stomach via the nose while
oxygen was being given through a bipap machine till Friday
morning.

He had heart and lungs problems for 15 years and
kidney problem for 10 years.

Bhattarai was the Prime Minister of the Interim
Government in Nepal after the successful People`s Movement of
1990 which brought democracy to the country.

PTI