Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi dies at 72; Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul condole demise

Jerome Frank
November 21, 2017

A former union minster, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi had been admitted at the Apollo Hospital in the national capital.

Dasmunshi breathed his last at 12:10 pm in Indraprastha Apollo Hospital. He was in coma for the past eight years, after he suffered a severe heart attack and stroke in July 2008.

Das Munshi was so popular in political circles in Kolkata that during the 2016 campaign for the assembly elections he was included in the 90-member campaign committee for the state, despite him being in coma.

Dasmunsi also served as the President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for nearly 20 years.

The stroke left Dasmunsi paralysed and unable to speak as blood supply to a part of his brain was cut off, causing irreversible damage.

She said that the huge work of Dasmunsi would be remembered for posterity and remained popular in the imagination of his people despite his prolonged illness.

Congress Leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, Who Was Hospitalised Since 2008, Dies
Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, in coma since 2008, dies at 72

Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya said that Dasmunsi had nerves of steel and steered the party out of critical situations both in Centre and West Bengal. He was treated in Apollo Hospital in New Delhi since 2009.

The Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed grief over the death of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. "He did notable work to popularize football in India", Modi tweeted. "My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters", he said.

Dasmunsi was President of Indian Youth Congress in West Bengal from 1970 to 1971.

In her condolence message, Ms Gandhi said that Dasmunsi was a devout political activist and one of the tallest leaders of West Bengal in recent times, adding that that his "immense work at the grassroots would be remembered for posterity".

The veteran leader became a minister for the first time in 1985, when he was sworn in as Union Minister of State, Commerce. He was the I&B Minister during Monmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government. She is now representing Raiganj constituency in the parliament.

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