Omar recalls Jyoti Basu’s contributions

Jammu, Feb 22: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday paid tributes to Jyoti Basu, the five time West Bengal chief minister and the distinguished communist leader and termed Khawaja Sanaullah Bhat, former editor of the Daily Aftab and Sofi Ghulam Muhammad, editor Srinagar Times as doyens of journalism in Kashmir.

Winding up the obituary references in the State legislative Assembly on Monday, Omar recalled the contributions of the distinguished CPI(M) leader Basu and the services rendered by Khawaja and Sofi.Omar said Basu was a historic personality who became chief minister of West Bengal for five terms and always remained connected with the people at grass roots level.The Chief Minister said Basu nurtured secularism and socialism in India and referred to his attachment with Jammu and Kashmir as he had a very close affinity with Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah. “I myself got an opportunity to work with him in the political field,” he said.......

Rising Kashmir News, Thursday, February 18, 2010

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