"Sushil Koirala ji's simplicity holds lessons for all of us. My condolences to the Koirala family and people of Nepal in this hour of grief", Modi said in a tweet.

Koirala, who was also the president of the Nepali Congress, died early today at his Kathmandu residence. He was 80.

"In Sushil Koirala ji, (Nepali Congress) NC has lost a big leader who served Nepal for decades and India lost a valued friend. Pained by his demise. RIP", the Prime Minister added.

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