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Karunanidhi, Vaiko express grief over AB Bardhan’s death

The tragic side in the entire political career of AB Bardhan, a former CPI general secretary who died on Saturday, is the fact that he never received what was due to him and always remained a much misunderstood man in his own party. At the time of his death his wards Dr Alka Barua and Prof. “May his soul rest in peace (sic)”, Modi tweeted.

Expressing his grief and condolences, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear of Veteran CPI leader A B Bardhan ji’s death”.

Bardhan, 92, died at a hospital here on Saturday.

He was present process remedy after exams detected a blood clot in his mind and had described his situation as “essential”.

“I extend my deepest condolences to his family and the several Communist party cadres”, he said.

Mr. Bardhan had been admitted to the G. B. Pant Hospital here on December 7 after suffering a paralytic stroke. Even as this stage, where CPI and CPM are nearly facing the threat of eradication from Indian politics, leaders like Manik Sarkar have rubbished the idea of aligning with Congress, citing the latter’s economic policy of neo-liberalism.

He was later given the charge of trade unions in Maharashtra where he established his impeccable credentials as a fiery trade union leader.

Bardhan was born on September 24, 1924.

Despite his long association with politics, Bardhan had been elected only once to the Maharashtra Assembly – in 1957; that, too, as an Independent.

He shifted to Delhi in the 1990s and rose to become the deputy general secretary of the CPI before taking over as General Secretary in 1996.

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