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Veteran CPI (M) leader Nirupam Sen passes away

Nirupam Sen, veteran CPI (M) leader, passed away on December 24 in Kolkata following a cardiac arrest. He was 72. The former commerce and industry minister of West Bengal had been on life support since the early weeks of December.

Dec 24, 2018 16:18 IST
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Nirupam Sen, veteran CPI (M) leader, passed away on December 24, 2018 in Kolkata following a cardiac arrest. He was 72.

The former Commerce and Industry Minister of West Bengal had been on life support since the early weeks of December. He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

The body will be kept in a mortuary during the day and the final rites will be performed on December 26 in Bardhaman, his hometown. The body will also be taken to CPI (M) party headquarters and the CITU office.

About Nirupam Sen

  Veteran CPI (M) leader Nirupam Sen passes away Born October 8, 1946, Sen’s political career began when he became a member of the CPI(M) during his student years. He became the district secretary of the Students Federation of India, student’s wing of the party in 1966.

Though he started his career as a teacher, he became a full-time member of the party in 1968. He was appointed as the district secretary of Bardhaman district from 1989 to 1995.

He was elected as an MLA from Bardhaman town in 1987 and he became a central committee member of the party in 1998 and Polit Bureau member in 2008. Overall, Sen was elected as an MLA three times from the Bardhaman Dakshin constituency.

Sen was the driving force behind attempts of industrialisation of the state in the last 10 years of the Left Front government led by former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

When the Left Front was voted to power in 2001, Sen was handed the charge of commerce and industries.

It was under the leadership of Bhattacharya and Sen that the Left Front started selling the dream of industrialisation in the state and shifted focus to private investments.

This shift in the policy reaped them heavy dividends resulting in the Left Front's resounding victory in the 2006 assembly election.

But by the end of 2006, land acquisition movement at Singur over the Tata Nano car plant had started taking a toll on the regime.

The protest against the forcible land acquisition ultimately led the Tata Motors to shift the car plant from Singur to Gujarat in 2008.

The anti-land acquisition protests in Singur and Nandigram led by the then opposition Trinamool Congress was one of the reasons behind the fall of the 34-year-old Left Front government in the state in 2011.

Faced with intense criticism both within and outside the party, Sen, then a CPI(M) politburo member, had withdrawn himself from active politics.

In the next few years due to ill health, he stepped down from the politburo, the central committee and earlier this year during the CPI (M) party congress, he stepped down from the state committee.

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