Kamal Basu, veteran leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), died in a private nursing home here on Monday. He was 94 and is survived by his son.

Mr. Basu was associated with the then undivided Communist Party of India since the 1940s and elected to the Lok Sabha from the Diamond Harbour constituency in 1952.  

A well-known solicitor, Mr. Basu was Mayor of the Calcutta (now Kolkata) Municipal Corporation from 1985 to 1990. Besides his political activities, he served in various capacities in different organisations, including those connected with sports. He also had a keen interest in history and the preservation of heritage structures.

Mr. Basu’s body will be taken from the nursing home to his house on Tuesday morning. From there, his final journey will include stops at the Calcutta High Court, Netaji Indoor Stadium, headquarters of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the State headquarters of the CPI(M) on Alimuddin Street.

The body will later be handed over to the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital as per a pledge.

Biman Bose, Chairman of the Left Front Committee and State Secretary of the CPI (M), was among those who offered condolences.