"I am deeply pained to know that Nelson Mandela is no more. He was an icon of anti-apartheid, who devoted his entire life to fight against injustice and racial discrimination," Banerjee posted on her Facebook page.
"His passing away is a huge loss to humanity, to whom he was more than a fatherly figure. His lifelong struggle and sacrifice will be the source of inspiration for generations, now and for ever. India had always co-operated with him in the Non Aligned Movement," she said.
"I am personally very touched. I remember to have met his daughter in an International Youth Conference at Delhi," said the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo.
"My deepest condolence to the members of the bereaved family. May the brave soul rest in eternal peace," she said.
Former South African President, Nobel peace laureate and iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95 on Thursday night at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg surrounded by his family.
--IBNS (Posted on 06-12-2013)