Prez condoles demise of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi

Saul Bowman
November 21, 2017

The Indian football fraternity mourned Monday the death of former AIFF president Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, who served in the position for almost two decades. "He had been critically ill for the past one month and unfortunately succumbed to his illness", privately owned Apollo Hospital said in a statement. "His family members including wife Deepa Dasmunsi and their son were at his bedside at that time", Apollo hospital authorities said.

The news was confirmed by West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

He was in coma for the past nine years after suffering a massive heart attack leading to paralysis on October 12, 2008.

Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya said that Dasmunsi had nerves of steel and steered the party out of critical situations both in Centre and West Bengal.

PM Modi said Dasmunsi was a "popular leader" with rich political and administrative experience.

He was admitted to Calcutta's Apollo Gleneagles hospital where he underwent angioplasty to unblock two blood vessels.

He was the president of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) till his untimely stroke in 2008, following which Praful Patel took over as the president of the Indian football governing body.

President and leader of the Congress party, has died at the age of 72.

Sonia expressed solidarity with the leader's family, particularly his wife Deepa Dasmunsi, and supporters.

Dasmunsi was a member of the 14th Lok Sabha representing the Raiganj Lok Sabha constituency of West Bengal when he suffered the stroke.

"I am deeply saddened by the death of Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi". 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. He served as the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Minister of Information and Broadcasting from 2004 to 2008, during the first term of the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government. She is now representing Raiganj constituency in the parliament.

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