President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday condoled the passing away of veteran CPI leader A.B. Bardhan who breathed his last yesterday and said that the nation has lost an ‘outstanding public figure’.
“I am deeply saddened to know about the demise of your father, A.B. Bardhan. He was a personal friend and colleague of long years. Widely respected for his wisdom and commitment to the poor, Shri Bardhan’s influence extended across the political spectrum,” the President said in his condolence message to the late leader’s son Ashok Bardhan.
He added that the veteran leader had made immense contribution towards advancing the cause of the ‘working class’ and that the nation has lost an ‘outstanding public figure and a dedicated trade union leader who was always in touch with the grassroots of society’.
“Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey them to all other members of your family. May God give you and your family the strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss,” the President said in his message.
Bardhan was 91 and was being treated at G. B. Pant hospital here.
He was undergoing treatment after tests detected a blood clot in his brain and had described his condition as “critical”.
Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan was born September 24, 1924. He was the former general secretary of the Communist Party of India (CPI), one of the oldest political parties in India.
Following paralytic stroke he was admitted to the hospital on December 7, 2015. His wife Padma, who was a professor in Nagpur University, had died in 1986.
He lost the 1967 and 1980 Lok Sabha elections contesting from Nagpur. He moved to Delhi politics in the 1990s and became the deputy general secretary of the party.