Guwahati: Veteran CPI leader and former Assam Minister Promode Gogoi suffered brain haemorrhage and his condition was today described as "very critical" by the nursing home authorities here.

Gogoi, who was admitted to the nursing home on April 2 following nasal bleeding, suffered brain haemorrage last night, nursing home sources said.

He has been put on ventilator support, the sources said.

A team of doctors was constantly monitoring the CPI leader's condition which was stated to be "very critical".

The 82-year old leader was elected five times to the Assam assembly since 1967 and was Flood Control minister of cabinet rank in the Assam Gana Parishad (AGP) led coalition government from 1996-2000.

Gogoi was also the National Executive member of the party and President of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC).

Forefront in the Left movement of the region, Gogoi championed the cause of the working people and played an important role in organizing trade unions of different segments of workers including oil employees.

He also played an active role in the refinery movement, language movement and anti-dam movement which has rocked the state during the past decades.

He recently attended the 21st Party Congress at Patna and was re-elected to the National Executive.