KATHMANDU: Veteran leader Ramraja Prasad Singh, who is taken for the first advocateur of republicanism in Nepal, died at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH) on
Wednesday. He was 77.
The pioneer republican leader was suffering from multiple health problems including high blood pressure and Parkinson's disease. He breathed his last at the Maharajgunj-based hospital at 6 this morning.
He was undergoing treatment for 10 days in the general ward in TUTH.
He was brought to Kathmandu from his hometown Rajbiraj, and admitted to the hospital on September 2.
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav and Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai had visited Singh at TUTH on September 3 and on September 4 respectively.
The then CPN-Maoist had projected Singh as the presidential candidate. The veteran leader, however, lost to Nepali Congress' candidate Dr Yadav.
Singh's Samyukta Janabadi Morcha had merged with UCPN-Maoist in September 2010.
Meanwhile, government has called an emergency Cabinet meeting at 9 am to take decision to cremate Singha with state honours.
Born in Saptari district Singh was a veteran revolutionary who was convicted of bombings and his property was confiscated by the government. However, he managed to escape from Nepal and went into exile in India. Singh claimed responsibility for the 1985 bombings in Kathmandu. In 1976, he established Nepal Janabadi Morcha, a left wing political movement in Nepal.
Singh was probably the only Nepalese politician to meet the Latin American revolutionary leader Che Guevara