Veteran Congress Leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi Dies At 72

Highlights:

  • Senior Congress leader and former union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi died at a hospital in Delhi at the age of 72.
  • He has been in coma since 2008 and critically ill over the past month.
  • Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience.
  • He did notable work to popularise football in India.
  • The former union minister fell into a coma after suffering a massive stroke that left him paralysed and unable to speak.
  • H e was ane of the Congress's most popular leaders in West Bengal and enjoyed a good rapport with leaders across the political spectrum.
  • He was union Parliamentary Affairs Minister when he went into coma.
  • Over the years, his wife became active in Congress politics. 
  • Deepa Dasmunsi was also a union minister in the Congress-led UPA government.
  • In 2006, Mr Dasmunsi was the first Indian to be a match commissioner in a FIFA World Cup game between Australia and Croatia.
  • He was heading the Indian football governing body at the time of his stroke in 2008, which led to Praful Patel taking over as president.