New Delhi, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the staunchest anti-Communist force in the country, Sunday mourned the death of Marxist leader Jyoti Basu, describing him as a 'role model for Indian politics'.
In a moving tribute, senior BJP leader Arun Jatiley told reporters here that Basu, who was West Bengal's chief minister for 23 long years, was one of the 'tallest leaders' in Indian politics with 'high credibility'.
'Jyoti Basu was unquestionably one of the tallest contemporary leaders in India... He was devoted to his ideology andplayed the longest innings in Indian politics,' Jaitley said.
The BJP leader said Basu was 'a politician of high credibility. Our party deeply mourns his death. We pay great tribute to him. He is one of the leaders from whom we all have learned something.
'The strength of Indian democracy is that it gives you space for differences. Despite differences there are always leaders who are opposed to you, (yet) who have admirable qualities,' Jaitley added.
'He was a role model for Indian politics. His death is a loss for Indian polity.'