Veteran Congress leader and former information and broadcasting minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi breathed his last at Apollo Hospital in New Delhi at around 12.10 pm on Monday.
I am deeply saddened by the death of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. It is a great loss. May his soul rest in peace pic.twitter.com/YLyeFaBYm9— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) November 20, 2017
He was in coma for the past nine years after suffering a massive heart attack leading to paralysis on October 12, 2008. Dasmunshi was aged 72.
We will miss Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi ji. A brilliant political mind and a good human being. Bengal and the Congress party have lost a tall leader. Our thoughts are with Deepa ji today.— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) November 20, 2017
Beginning his career as Youth Congress state president in 1970, Dasmunshi 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.
Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience. He did notable work to popularise football in India. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 20, 2017
He won from Raiganj Lok Sabha constituency in North Bengal in 1999 which he held on to till 2008.
Deeply saddened at the passing away of Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. His loss will be felt forever. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.— Pranab Mukherjee (@CitiznMukherjee) November 20, 2017
He was responsible for strengthening the party’s organisational strength throughout West Bengal.
Sad to hear about the demise of former Union Minister and veteran political leader Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. He contributed much to Bengal and to the administration of football in our country. My condolences to his family and associates #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 20, 2017
He was known as an ardent critique of communists. Besides, he was the president of All India Football Federation for almost 20 years.
Very sad to hear about the death of ex-AIFF president Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. He had immense contribution to Indian football during his leadership. #RIP— Bhaichung Bhutia (@bhaichung15) November 20, 2017
Though all his basic body systems were functional, he was not conscious and was breathing through a tracheostomy tube in his neck.
Saddened to know about the demise of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi ji, former Union Minister.May his soul rest in peace. May God give his family the strength to bear this loss— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) November 20, 2017