CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu turns 95
CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu turned 95 on Tuesday with a wish to see the Left Front government in West Bengal on its eight consecutive term.
"I have no idea how long I will live now but it is my wish to see the Left Front gets a chance to finish another term," Basu told a large gathering of admirers who went to his Salt Lake residence, which was decorated with buntings.
Many brought gifts for the former chief minister.
A website on Basu was inaugurated by Transport Minister Subhas Chakraborty who was present on the occasion.
Basu later unveiled a website for Pather Panchali, a social body which organises his birthday every year.
On behalf of Pather Panchali, Romola Chakraborty, wife of the Transport Minister, gifted a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to Basu which he handed over to CPI(M) State Secretary Biman Bose as a donation to the party fund.
Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and his wife visited Basu.
A Chinese cultural troupe performed a dragon dance in his honour. There were also cultural programmes by schoolchildren.
Rabindrasangeet exponent Suchitra Mitra, veteran footballer Sailen Manna, Fisheries Minister Kironmoy Nanda and Mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya were present on the occasion.