Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi dies; ex-AIFF chief, Congressman was 72

Kristopher Drake
November 21, 2017

It was learned that the leader was survived by his wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Priyadeep Dasmunsi.

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister and got a massive stroke in 2008 that left him paralyzed and was unable to speak.

The name of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was included in the 90-member campaign committee for the West Bengal assembly elections in 2016.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi also condoled the death of the veteran politician. "His death is a great loss to the politics of West Bengal", panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee said. He was also the President of All India Football Federation for close to 20 years.

Remembering him as a devout political activist and one of the tallest leaders of West Bengal in recent times, Gandhi said that his vast work at the grassroots would be remembered for posterity.

Dasmunsi was first admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and later shifted to Apollo.

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was aged 72 years, who started his political career with the Indian Youth Congress before entering the Parliament in 1971.


IM Vijayan (former India player): It is a big loss for Indian football. She said Dasmunsi served the party and government "illustriously".

Sonia expressed solidarity with the leader's family, particularly his wife Deepa Dasmunsi, and supporters.

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".

In 2004, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi went on to serve as India's Chef-de-Mission to the Athens Olympics.

He had been in a marathon coma after suffering a massive stroke and paralysis in October 2008. Otherwise he could have done more in his political life.

He was the information and broadcasting minister during Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. She is now representing Raiganj constituency in the parliament.

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