TN Governor, Karuna, Jaya condole Basu`s demise
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 17, 2010, 19:06
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa on Sunday condoled the death of veteran Communist leader Jyoti Basu, describing him as "a charismatic leader" and a pioneer of Communist movement in the country.

Expressing shock over the demise, Barnala said Basu was "a charismatic leader known for his administration and simplicity" who was also instrumental in bringing about Panchayati Raj and land reforms in West Bengal.

"His death is an irreparable loss to the country and to West Bengal in particular," he said.

Karunanidhi said, "The news of my friend Basu's death saddened me."

Basu was one of the "pioneers of the Communist movement in the country" and had strived hard for development of West Bengal, Karunanidhi said.

Recalling his association with Basu in mobilising people's support on public issues and for forging a secular front, he expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

Jayalalithaa said the passing away of 95-year-old Basu has created a deep void in Communist movement. "I am deeply grieved to learn about his demise... The people of India have lost a true patriot, a renowned personality and a great humanist."

"I had the privilege of meeting him several times and held many rewarding conversations with him", she said.

TNCC President K V Thangkabalu, state BJP President Pon Radhakrishnan, PMK founder leader Dr S Ramadoss, MDMK chief Vaiko, DMDK founder-actor Vijayakant, CPIM and CPI state secretaries N Varadarajan and D Pandian were among the host of leaders from the state who condoled Basu's demise.


First Published: Sunday, January 17, 2010, 19:06

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