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Leaders condole Jyoti Basu’s death
Published on 18 Jan. 2010 12:59 AM IST
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President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday led the nation in mourning the death of veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu. Tributes poured in from politicians across the country. “The nation has lost a veteran and eminent public figure ….who displayed his abilities as a leader of the people, an able administrator and eminent statesman” President Pratibha Patil “He was a powerful regional voice in the national political scene and helped to strengthen Indian federalism... He was a man of great integrity with a deep commitment to secular values. “I have personally had a very long association with Basu. On many occasions in my career, I turned to him for his sagacious advice on all matters, whether they related to West Bengal or to issues of national importance” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “His sagacity and leadership at both the state and the national level have been a source of inspiration and guidance. His demise leaves a void which will be very difficult to fill” Vice President Hamid Ansari “His demise has ended a chapter in politics….He was an able administrator and a hard working political leader.” Former prime minister and senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee “A tireless crusader against communalism, fundamentalism, casteism and all kinds of obscurantism; a warrior for social justice and equality and for the eradication of poverty; a true patriot who always put the national interest above all else….He was a towering figure of our national life, whose noble vision, superb judgement and depth of experience was valued greatly” Congress president Sonia Gandhi “He was a colossus who straddled India’s political scene for many decades. Not only the leader of West Bengal, but of India. He was a great patriot, great democrat, great parliamentarian and great source of inspiration. He served the people of India to the best” Home Minister P. Chidambaram “He was the first and last chapter of the Communist movement in India” Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee “Jyoti Basu was a Marxist who never wavered in his convictions. He was a Marxist who was not dogmatic and continued to learn from his vast experience in charting out the course for the party ….We pledge to carry forward his cause and work” Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) “Without doubt, he was one of the worthiest sons of India. He lived his life with simplicity and stood for uprightness in public life” Congress “Jyoti Basu was unquestionably one of the tallest contemporary leaders in India... He was devoted to his ideology and played the longest innings in Indian politics ….a politician of high credibility.” BJP “In his death, I lost a great well wisher, the country has lost an able administrator, an outstanding parliamentarian and a charismatic political leader” Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee “There will be none like Jyoti Basu again.” CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat “When things started to go bad (in Left front), he was sad. He was sad about what happened with me. I used to consult him on all matters. For the second time, I have lost somebody like my father” Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee “He was not just a leader of the communist party. He was leader of all of us .... all political parties ….You will not find a leader like him” Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former railway minister Lalu Prasad “Jyoti Basu, one of the leading political figures in the sub-continent for decades, was a great friend and well wisher of Bangladesh” Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Hasina’s press aide announced in Dhaka that the Bangladesh Prime minister may visit Kolkata to attend the last rites of Communist patriarch and former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu who passed away Sunday.

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