after the collapse of communists in Mumbai and took forward the legacy of his reformist father, `Prabodhankar' Thacke.
Agriculture Minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar said described Thackeray as a "magnanimous" person who was ready "to pay any political price" for his stands.
"Fierce pride about Maharashtra, willingness to pay any price for the interest of Marathi language, Maharashtrians, but at the same time the readiness to contribute on Maharashtra's behalf for the sake of the country, these were the hallmarks of Balasaheb," Pawar said.
Acknowledging differences with Thackeray, Pawar however said "when there were national-level problems, he had the capability to take a generous stand. No other leader in the country had this power."
DMK chief M Karunanidhi said Thackeray's "love and simplicity during his Chennai visit impressed me a lot".
Thackeray was a person who would not come forward to compromise on the welfare of people from his state, Karunanidhi said.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said in Thackeray's death, the country had lost a leader whose contribution in giving distinct identities to regional parties would be remembered by all.
He inculcated a sense of patriotism among the youth by communicating with them in their dialect, Badal said.
Mourning Thackeray's death, Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said he had dedicated his entire life for the people.
Senior BJP leader and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri said "Thackeray's death is a great loss not only for Maharashtra but also for the entire nation."
Another former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pokhriyal Nishank said "in his death the country has lost a tall leader who left a lasting impact on the politics of both Maharashtra and the nation."
Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan assembly Vasundhra Raje said "Thackeray's demise is a great loss to the nation. We have lost a great personality."
VHP national spokesman Prakash Sharma said the void created by Thackeray's death would be difficult to fill.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda said the country had lost a "keen nationalist leader" in Thackeray's death.
In a condolence message, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal described Thackeray as a real leader of the masses who worked relentlessly to