Kathmandu : Subhaas Nemwang, the Chairman of the Constitution Assembly and Vice-Chairman of the Nepal Communist Party (UML), has passed away.
On Tuesday morning (Monday mid night), at 1 o’clock, he suffered a heart attack at his residence and was immediately taken to TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj. The hospital has confirmed the demise of Nemwang.
The news of Nemwang suffering a heart attack has reached the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli, who have also visited TUTeaching Hospital.
Nemwang, who had also served as the former Speaker, had been continuously elected as a Member of Parliament since 2056 BS. He was also the Deputy Leader of the CPN (UML) parliamentary party.
Born in Sunthala village, near Ilam, Nemwang studied in Ilam Campus and entered communist politics in 2029BS. In 2033BS, he spent some time in jail in connection with a sedition case.
In 2048 and 2052BS, as a member of the National Assembly, he became the Minister of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary Affairs in the first communist government led by Man Mohan Adhikari.
After winning the 2056 BS elections, he became the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, and his involvement in the infamous Louda scandal, in which he was accused along with then Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Tarini Datt Chataut, gained significant attention.
He became the Speaker of the reinstated Parliament with the People’s Movement 062-063BS. He was also elected as the Chairman of the Constitution Assembly in 2064 and 2070BS. Throughout his four terms as Speaker, he always enjoyed unanimous support.
Nemwang, who also worked as a senior Advocate, had studied at Nepal Law Campus. He advanced together in teaching, the legal profession, and politics. Nemwang was also a former Secretary-General of the Nepal Bar Association.