Dhaka: Describing Marxist veteran Jyoti Basu
as a long-standing friend of Bangladesh, the country`s
Parliament and cabinet have mourned his death, with premier
Sheikh Hasina saying that she has lost a "guardian".
"The legendary figure of the left-leaning politics will
be remembered in the politics of the sub-continent for his
extra-ordinary sacrifice and struggle," said a resolution
passed today by a meeting of cabinet chaired by Hasina.
The resolution said "Bangladesh lost a long-standing
friend at his death" and the people of the country would
particularly recall "with gratitude" his contribution in
ensuring Bangladesh`s justified share in the Ganges water.
The cabinet resolution came after Parliament last evening
adopted a unanimous resolution also recalling Basu`s
contribution to the 1971 Liberation War.
"Jyoti Basu was not a name for South Asia, he was an
institution ... a guardian in politics in the sub-continent,"
Hasina told the House as it passed the resolution after nearly
an hour of discussion on the condolence motion.
"India lost a great leader and great politician on his
death. Bangladesh lost a well-wisher and I personally lost a
guardian," Hasina said in an emotion-choked voice.
She also recalled Basu`s role in Bangladesh government`s
move to bring back thousands of refugees from India after
signing the landmark 1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Treaty
inked during her previous 1996-2001 tenure.