Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, former Congress leader dies at 72

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, former Congress leader dies at 72

Former union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, once a key Congress leader from West Bengal, died here today after a prolonged illness.

Media reports quoted the hospital as saying that Dasmunsi had developed chest infection last month and had been in a critical condition for the past one month. "His family members including wife Deepa Dasmunsi and their son were at his bedside at that time", Apollo hospital authorities said. "My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters", Modi tweeted.

After serving as a match commissioner at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi went on to perform the role in the Spain-Tunisia group stage game at the FIFA World Cup in 2006.

Considered as the "tallest" leader of the main opposition Congress party in his home state of West Bengal in eastern India, Dasmunsi went into coma after suffering a stroke nine years back.

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He was the cabinet minister in Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting during the first term of PM Manmohan Singh. "His death is an irreparable loss to the Congress party and the country", Gandhi said.

Dasmunsi, the former Information and Broadcasting Minister died at Apollo Hospital in the national capital at the age of 72.

"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. Following this, his wife Deepa represents the constituency.

In 2004, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi went on to serve as India's Chef-de-Mission to the Athens Olympics. Besides, he was the president of All India Football Federation for nearly 20 years.

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