Senior Congress leader and former Indian Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi passed away on Monday at a private hospital in New Delhi. He was 72.
Mr. Dasmunsi had suffered a massive stroke and paralysis in October 2008 and slipped to comatose. He was being treated in Apollo Hospital in New Delhi since 2009. "He breathed his last at 12:10 pm. He developed chest infection last month which worsened his condition," hospital sources said.
“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,” State Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury stated in a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
"Our deepest condolences on the passing of respected Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, our veteran Congress leader and former union minister. He will be greatly remembered for his contributions, especially to Indian Football," @INCIndia, the official Twitter account of Congress tweeted.
Mr. Dasmunsi served as the president of the All India Football Federation for nearly two deacdes. A West Bengal strongman, he represented Raiganj from 1999 till he fell ill. He was the I&B minister during Monmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance government. It was during his term Fashion TV was briefly banned for showing "obscene" content.
Mr. Dasmunsi was also the State Congress president in West Bengal from 1970 to 1971.
He is survived by his wife Deepa, a Congress politician, and son Priyadeep.
Source: The Hindu