The death of Bal Thackeray is a great loss to the nation in general and Maharashtra in particular. He was an outspoken politician, who never minced words in calling a spade a spade, said the national secretary of Bharatiya Port and Shipyard Mazdoor Mahasangh, an affiliate of BMS, in a statement issued on Saturday to condole the death of Thackeray.

In a separate statement, Telugu Desam Party leader and former member of Parliament M.V.V.S. Murthy expressed shock at the death of Thackeray.