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Despite ideological differences, Basu worthy of respect: BJP

Last Updated: Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 18:06

New Delhi: Senior BJP leaders on Sunday condoled
the death of Marxist patriarch Jyoti Basu, saying he was one
of the tallest leaders in contemporary politics who remained
committed to his ideology.

BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman L K Advani, in his
condolence message, described the former West Bengal Chief
Minister as a "stalwart" and "a great leader".

"He held the CPM fort in West Bengal for a long time...
the Communist movement has been affected. Basu was in the line
of great leaders like E M S Namboodiripad, Bhupesh Gupta and
Indrajit Gupta," Advani said.

"Our ideologies were different. Still, going by his
greatness, I respect him and pay my tributes," he added.

BJP President Nitin Gadkari said, "Jyoti Basu was one of
the tallest leaders of contemporary India. He was a leader
committed to the weaker sections of the society. He remained
firm and committed to his ideology and his sense of idealism."

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj
described Basu as "one of the tallest and experienced leaders
of Indian politics who got the love and confidence of his
people for many years, which is the most valuable thing for
any leader in a democracy".

She said despite ideological differences with Basu, he
was worthy of our respect.

Swaraj said Basu`s popularity was undiminished even after
leaving the post of Chief Minister. "In this, I also consider
him a very fortunate leader," she added.

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said
Basu was a man "committed to the service of his people, his
ideology and a sense of idealism".

"Jyoti Basu was one of the tallest contemporary leaders
of Indian politics. BJP deeply mourns his death," Jaitley

95-year-old Basu died at a Kolkata hospital due to
multi-organ failure.

"He was a politician of high credibility whose loss will
be felt by the entire nation," Jaitley said about Basu, who
served for 23 years as Chief Minister of West Bengal.

Former BJP President Rajnath Singh said, "Basu fought
for the people`s cause throughout his life and rendered his
services for the uplift of the working class and other weaker
sections of the society."

"Known for his strong conviction and character Shri Basu
will always be remembered for his enormous contribution to
Left wing politics in India. His demise has left a big void in
Indian politics," Rajnath Singh said.

BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi described the
departed Marxist veteran as a "real symbol of austerity".

"He rose above party politics to give the message of
serving the people with a down-to-earth approach. He is a
milestone in Indian politics," Naqvi said.


First Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010 - 18:06
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