CPI(M) leader Nirupam Sen, who is credited as the architect of Bengal’s industrial drive during the Left Front rule, died early morning today at a city hospital. He died at the age of 72, after a prolonged illness, reports a family source.
Mr. Sen was a former Politburo member of the party, left behind his wife, and a daughter and son.
Today, Nirupam Sen died at 5:10 am after a sudden cardiac arrest.
CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have condoled the death of the Marxist leader.
Mr. Sen was on life support as his health deteriorated in early December 2018.
An official at the city hospital informed that “Sen was fighting kidney ailments. He was impaired by a cerebral attack in 2013.”
Nirupam Sen was one of the most important faces of the former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya cabinet after the CPI(M)-led Left Front was voted to power in 2001. Mr. Sen was handed over the charge of Commerce and Industries.
Under the leadership of Mr. Bhattacharya and Mr. Sen, which the Left Front started selling the dream of industrialization in the state and shifted their focus to private investments.
The shift in the policy resulted in the Left Front’s resounding victory in the 2006 Assembly Elections.
However, by the end of 2006, the Singur’s land acquisition movement over the plantation of Tata Nano Car factory has started taking a toll on the government. Finally, after forcible land acquisition protests, Tata Motors has to shift their plant to Gujarat in 2008.
Singur’s anti-land acquisition protest, which was led by the opposition TMC was one of the major reasons behind the fall of 34-years-old Left Front government in 2001 in Bengal.
Faced with extreme criticism both within and outside the party, Mr. Sen had withdrawn himself from active politics.
In the next few years, over health-related issue, Mr. Sen has stepped down from the state committee.
Nirupam Sen was a three-time lawmaker from Bardhaman Dakshin Constituency.
CPI(M) source reports that his dead body would be taken to his residence and then to a private mortuary in the city.
“On Wednesday, Sen’s body will be taken to the CITU office here and then to the party’s state headquarters where people will be allowed to pay their last respect,” added the source.
On Wednesday, Nirupam Sen will be cremated in Burdwan, which is his hometown.
CM Banerjee condoled his death and Twitted, “Saddened at the passing away of Nirupam Sen, former Minister of West Bengal. Condolences to his family and well-wishers.”
In his condolence message, Mr. Yechury described the CIP(M) Veteran leader Mr. Sen as a “dedicated Communist”. “A dedicated Communist, who devoted his entire life to the cause of the working class and the peasantry. He served in various capacities including as a member, Polit Bureau and a senior Minister in Left Front governments,” Tweeted the CPI(M) General Secretary.
Bengal party’s secretary Surya Kanta Mishra, Politburo member Md. Salim and other party leaders also offered their condolences at the news of his death.