He said Basu served the people of India with the best of his ability. "It's a sad day for all of us...we willremember this great son of India...we salute his memory."
"He lived a full life...For the last fortnight, he suffered a lot. The West Bengal government and his familyprovided him with the best medical care in the country. We are deeply sad at his passing away.
"I offer my sincere condolence to his family and the people of West Bengal," the Home Minister said.