The Kerala Assembly on Monday paid homage to veteran Marxist leader and former West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu.

Speaker K. Radhakrishnan said Basu was a great leader who championed the cause of the oppressed classes. He was the longest-serving chief minister in the country and had proved himself as an able administrator, the Speaker said.

The assembly also condoled the deaths of former members of the House M. Sathyanesan, Jose Thannikkal and N. Ganapathi.

The House observed one minute silence in memory of the departed leaders.