Veteran Cong leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi passes away

Posted November 21, 2017

Dasmunsi was in a coma since 2008 when he had suffered a massive stroke. He was critically ill for the past one month and unfortunately succumbed to his illness.

New Delhi Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has informed Sonia Gandhi about Dasmunsi's demise.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bnaerjee has conveyed her condolence over the death of the Congress leader.

"When I captained India to the President's Cup in Dhaka, Dasmunshi was our team manager and Milovan was the coach".

He is survived by wife Deepa Dasmunsi, who's also a Congress leader and former minister, and son Priyadeep Dasmunshi.

Dasmunsi suffered a massive stroke and was paralysed in October 2008, after which he slipped into coma.

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Dasmunsi was first admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and later shifted to Apollo.

Remembering him as a devout political activist and one of the tallest leaders of West Bengal in recent times, Gandhi said that his enormous work at the grassroots would be remembered for posterity. She contested and won parliamentary polls and was also a Union minister in the Congress-led UPA government. He did notable work to popularise football in India. "My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters", he said.

The veteran leader became a minister for the first time in 1985, when he was sworn in as Union Minister of State, Commerce. Otherwise he could have done more in his political life.

Dasmunsi represented the Raiganj (Lok Sabha constituency) in West Bengal, which was later represented by his Deepa.

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.

"His death brings an end to an era of data-based and logic-based debates, " added, Salim, the present MP from Raiganj.