Koirala died at 12.10 pm local time at his daughter and deputy premier Sujata Koirala’s residence in Mandikhatar on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepali Congress Vice President Gopal Man Shrestha said.
The veteran leader, who was the president of Nepali Congress which is a key constituent of the ruling CPN-UML-led coalition, was considered close to the Indian leadership across the political spectrum.
He was suffering from lung infection, respiratory problem, diarrhoea and had a low hemoglobin level. He had been staying
at his daughter’s residence after he was discharged from Martyr Ganga Lal Heart Centre here following some improvement in his condition on Wednesday.
However, his condition deteriorated yesterday after a bout of diarrhoea and he slipped into coma this morning.
Koirala’s body will be put at Dasharath Stadium tomorrow morning for people to pay their homage and his last rites will be performed later in the afternoon.
The former premier had played a pivotal role in the peace process, Nepal’s transition to democracy and bringing Maoists to the mainstream politics three years ago.
Koirala was instrumental in the signing of the 12-point agreement between the then Maoist rebels and seven political parties in November 2005 in New Delhi, which was aimed at toppling monarchy and restoring democracy in the country.
After this, Maoists joined the mainstream politics in 2006, ending the decade-long armed conflict that left 16,000 people dead.
Born in 1925 in Bihar, Koirala became prime minister for the first time in 1991 after his Nepali Congress party secured the majority in the 205-member House of Representatives.
He began his political career as a trade unionist when he joined the Nepal Mazdoor Congress in 1948 and played an active role in the first labour movement of Nepal the same year.
Koirala’s eldest brother Matrika Prasad Koirala became the country’s prime minister in 1951 while his another sibling
BP Koirala was the Premier in the first elected government of Nepal during 1959-60.
GP Koirala was arrested after King Mahendra staged a coup by dissolving the first democratically elected government led by Nepali Congress in 1960. After his release in 1967, Koirala went in exile to India where he stayed till 1980, when King Birendra declared Referendum to choose between revised partyless Panchayat system and multi-party system.
Koirala was the Nepali Congress General secretary from 1975 to 1991. He was elected President of Nepali Congress in 1994 during the ninth general convention of Nepali Congress. He also became acting head of the state briefly after monarchy
was abolished in May 2008.
It was Koirala who proposed the motion to abolish monarchy through voting during the first meeting of the Constituent Assembly on May 28, 2008, which was endorsed by an overwhelming majority in the 601-member House.
Girija Prasad Koirala was born on February 20th, 1925 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girija_Prasad_Koirala
February 20th, 1925
20 + 1+9+2+5 = 37 = his “secret” number = Benevolence. Goodwill. Heartfelt. Heart-centered. A real family person. Father. Dad. Fatherly advice. Grandfather. Grandpa. Paternal. Heart-centered leader. A real family person. Just looking out for your best interest. Wanting the best for you. What comes from the heart goes to the heart. Having a good heart. Pulling at your heart strings. My fellow countrymen.
March 20th, 2010
2 + 20 +2+0+1+0 = 25 = his personal year (from February 20th, 2010 to February 19th, 2011)
25 year + 3 (March) = 28 = his personal month (from March 20th, 2010 to April 19th, 2010)
28 month + 20 (20th of the month on March 20th, 2010) = 48 = his personal day today = Purpose. Meaning. Mission. Direction. Destination…Sky. Heaven. Remembering God.