KATHMANDU, July 14: Veteran Nepali Congress leader and former minister Ramhari Joshi passed away at 7.30 pm on Thursday. He was 91.
Suffering from asthma and pneumonia, leader Joshi was undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital where breathed his last.
He was admitted to hospital after a fall in the bathroom of his house on July 5 in which he was hurt. Joshi had been living at his relative’s house at Nakhkhipot, Lalitpur. His permanent address is Sarlahi.
The elder leader of the Nepali Congress among the party’s contemporaries was unmarried. Joshi, who struggled for the party and the democracy for long, was the Minister for Tourism in 1991 in the Girija Prasad Koirala-led government.
Born in Sarlahi district, Joshi was popular among the NC leaders as a Gandhian and socialist leader.
A family source said that the rite of Joshi would be performed at Pashupati Aryaghat on Friday morning.
Nepali Congress chief secretary Krishna Prasad Poudel said that the party would bear the entire treatment costs of Joshi.