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Jyoti Basu is no more
Jyoti Basu

Kolkata, Jan 17 (PTI) : Jyoti Basu, who strode the political arena like a colossus for over six decades, died here today of multi-organ failure after being struck by pneumonia 17 days ago. Left Front chairman Biman Bose, who together with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee rushed to the hospital, broke down while announcing “I have a sad announcement to make. Jyoti Basu is no more with us.”        

Basu's personal physician Dr Ajit Kumar Maity said that he breathed his last at 11:47 am at the AMRI Hospital where he was admitted with pneumonia on January one.

The former West Bengal Chief Minister was 95 and is survived by son Chandan. His wife Kamal pre-deceased him four years ago. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who was in the city rushed to the hospital, and said “We have just learnt that Jyoti Basu, formally known as Jyoti Babu, has passed away.

“He strode like a colossus on the Indian political scene for several decades. He was a great patriot, a great democrat. He lived a full life,” Chidambaram said.

A political legend, Basu became the longest serving chief minister of West Bengal for 23 years from 1997 at the head of CPI-M-headed Left Front government.

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