Former prime minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Sunday said the demise of Marxist leader Jyoti Basu had "ended a chapter in the country's politics".
"He was an able administrator and a hard working political leader. He not only created a record for being chief minister of West Bengal for the longest duration but took several visionary steps," Vajpayee said in his condolence message.
He said Basu lived by his conviction and had reached the post of chief minister through his hard work.
"His demise has ended a chapter in politics," Vajpayee said in the message.