Kathmandu, 5 November : Senior leftist politician and human rights activist Padma Ratna Tuladhar died while undergoing treatment at a Kathmandu hospital. He was 78.
Tuladhar was admitted to Annapurna Neuro Hospital on October 26 after he suffered brain haemorrhage. He was transferred to Norvic Hospital on October 30.
Tuladhar was a strong advocate of ethnic and linguistic rights as well as political freedom.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Co-chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba, former prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal and Naya Shakti Party-Nepal Coordinator Baburam Bhattarai and Nepal Communist Party (Revolutionary Maoist) General Secretary Mohan Baidhya visited the hospital and his home and expressed deep condolences.
Tuladhar had won elections in 1987, 1991 and 1994 under the symbol of ‘sun’ as an independent candidate. He became health minister in the CPN-UML government led by late Manmohan Adhikari. Although he never took membership of any political party, he was identified as a leftist leader.