Tabling a condolence motion for Bardhan and other former members of the Assembly who passed away recently, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the CPI leader was "active in the Communist movement for seven decades".
"The struggles he waged for students and labour movements are remembered till date. As he belonged to Nagpur, I had close ties with him. He represented the Assembly constituency which I represent now," the Chief Minister said.
For many, he was a guide and in his death we have lost someone who was close to so many people. His was a leadership beyond party politics, Fadnavis said, adding, in Nagpur, it used to be said that there was a "Bardhan vote bank".
He also paid tributes to Jain Irrigation Systems Limited founder chairman Bhavarlal Jain, who passed away last month and lauded his work for the welfare of farmers and his efforts to improve irrigation facilities in rural areas.