The Communist movement has lost its biggest revolutionary of the era in the death of veteran CPI(M) leader Jyoti Basu, Kerala Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said. He pointed out that the five decades he spent with Mr. Basu in the Polit Bureau would remain the most cherished part of his life.

Talking to journalists here on Sunday, Mr. Achuthanandan said he had lost his “most precious” colleague. Mr. Basu would forever remain an inspiring spirit to working class organisations across the world.

Describing Mr. Basu as the architect of modern West Bengal, Mr. Achuthanandan said it was Mr. Basu, a founder leader of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, who stood as a motivational cornerstone with his leadership skills for the formation of the Third Alternative. His role in building the party in the State after his return as a young barrister from abroad, and moulding it across the country as a force of national reckoning, could not be ignored.

As the longest serving Chief Minister of the country, Mr. Basu lifted his State out of the pits of hunger, effectively implemented land reforms and made it self-reliant as far as electricity was concerned. He was always an inspiration to the working class of Kerala and for generations to come would remain a motivational force, Mr. Achuthanandan said.

The Chief Minister said he would leave for Kolkata “on the first flight” on Monday and return only after the funeral of the departed leader.

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