Nirupam Sen and Ratan Tata
West Bengal state Industrial Minister Nirupam Sen and Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata make their way to a press meet in Kolkata on September 1, 2009.DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]

Veteran Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader and former West Bengal Commerce and Industries Minister Nirupam Sen died early on Monday. He was 72.

The former Politburo member succumbed to multi-organ failure at a private hospital in the satellite township of Salt Lake.

Sen, who handled the industrial reconstruction, planning and power portfolios in the erstwhile Left Front regime under Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, was suffering from neurological and kidney related ailments.

Sen was elected to Bengal state assembly in 1987, 2001 and 2006 from Burdwan South seat. He lost to Trinamool Congress candidate Rabi Ranjan Chattopadhyay in 2011.

He is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.