Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi dies; ex-AIFF chief, Congressman was 72
Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi dies; ex-AIFF chief, Congressman was 72
Latest india news After 8 years in coma Congress veteran PR Dasmunsi dies at 72
21 November, 2017, 01:03
Indian football fraternity also mourned the death of former AIFF President Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who served in the position for almost two decades. In his condolence message, Kumar said that Dasmunsi's death has not only caused irreparable loss to the field of politics but also the sporting arena.
The Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed grief over the death of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi.
According to hospital sources, his family members including wife Deepa Dasmunsi and their son were at his bedside at that time.
Dasmunsi's body is to be taken to the Congress headquarters on Akbar Road in New Delhi, where top party leaders, including vice-president Rahul Gandhi, will pay their homage to the leader. He made major contributions in professionalising football in the nation and beginning the National Football League. She said Dasmunsi served the party and government "illustriously".
"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.
He was in coma for the past nine years after suffering a massive heart attack leading to paralysis on October 12, 2008.
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Dasmunsi was first admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and later shifted to Apollo.
Beginning his career as Youth Congress state president in 1970, Dasmunsi went on to win Lok Sabha elections from Kolkata South constituency the next year in 1971 and won the Howrah Lok Sabha constituency in 1984 which he held on till 1991 and won the same constituency again in 1996. My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters.
In 2004, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi went on to serve as India's Chef-de-Mission to the Athens Olympics. A West Bengal strongman, he represented Raiganj from 1999 till he fell ill. Otherwise he could have done more in his political life.
"He (Dasmunsi) was in coma for nearly 9 years".
At the time of the stroke that left him paralyzed, he was heading India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry under the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.
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