Mamata Banerjee mourns Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi's death

Posted November 21, 2017

Dasmunsi was heading the All India Football Federation when he took ill in 2008.

Reacting to Dasmunsi's death, Delhi Soccer Association (DSA) president and former AIFF and FIFA official, Shaji Prabhakaran, expressed sorrow at the news.

She tweeted: "I am deeply saddened by the death of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. His death is an irreparable loss to the Congress party and the country", Gandhi said.

It was learned that the leader was survived by his wife Deepa Dasmunsi and son Priyadeep Dasmunsi. He made major contributions in professionalising football in the nation and beginning the National Football League.

"I just received the news of sad demise of former Union Minister, former West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee President and our beloved leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi", Chowdhury said in a letter.

The seventy-two-year-old Dasmunsi had suffered a brain stroke in 2008 and was admitted to AIIMS.

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He was in coma for the past nine years after suffering a massive heart attack leading to paralysis on October 12, 2008. She said Dasmunsi served the party and government "illustriously". My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters.

The veteran leader became a minister for the first time in 1985, when he was sworn in as Union Minister of State, Commerce. Later he was shifted to home, and in 2009 he was admitted to Apollo Hospital here.

Dasmunsi was a parliamentarian from Raiganj constituency in West Bengal.

He was the cabinet minister in Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting during the first term of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In matters political, or personal, I used to seek his guidance on nearly everything, " said Subrata Mukherjee, the senior most minister in Mamata Banerjee's cabinet.

In her condolence message, Congress president Sonia Gandhi described Dasmunsi as a "devout" political activist and "one of the tallest" leaders of West Bengal.