Kolkata: VETERAN CPI-M leader from Bengal, Mohammed Amin, has passed way today afternoon. He was 90 years old and is survived by three offspring.
Amin, formerly a member of CPI-M’s highest decision making body, Polit Bureau, was suffering from age-related ailments and this had made him politically less active.
During his long political life, Amin had been MLA, MP, and minister in the Bengal government. He was a connoisseur of Urdu literature.
Amin was born in 1928 at Shibpur in Howrah. He worked in jute mills in Howrah right from the age of 14, and stepped into politics in 1946 when he joined the undivided Communist Party.
In 1969, he became a CPI-M MLA from the Titagarh Assembly seat in North 24-Parganas district and the next year was inducted as transport minister in the united front government led by Ajoy Mukherjee.
He won again in 1971, 1977 Assembly elections, and became transport minister in the 1st Left Front government. He served as minority development minister and labour minister from 1996 – 2006. Amin was also elected to the Rajya Sabha for a term from 1988 -1994.
Amin was elected to CPI-M Central Committee in 1985 and to the Polit Bureau in 2008. In 2012 he was made a special invitee to the central committee. He was elected general secretary of CITU and later on served as a vice president of the wing.