Bangla Parliament mourn Basu's death; Hasina pays tribute
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.