Dasmunshi's demise irreparable loss to Congress, country: Sonia

Posted November 21, 2017

Dasmunsi also served as the President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for nearly 20 years. In his condolence message, Kumar said that Dasmunsi's death has not only caused irreparable loss to the field of politics but also the sporting arena.

His body will be taken to the Congress headquarters on Akbar Road in New Delhi, where top party leaders including its vice-president Rahul Gandhi will pay their homage. During his time, even as the country's footballing fortunes did not really soar, the national league was instituted which Das Munshi kept alive with sponsorship that was rare in those days of thrift.

It was reported that the former Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was in the coma since 2008 dies in New Delhi on Monday.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi have all condoled the demise of Dasmunsi. Later he was shifted to home, and in 2009 he was admitted to Apollo Hospitals.

Modi tweeted, "Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience".

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An astute orator and and a key leader of the Congress in West Bengal as well as at the national level, Dasmunsi rose from the rank of a Youth Congress worker, who became All India Youth Congress President in 1970. Dasmunshi, also a diabetic, suffered the heart attack the same year in July on way to Kolkata from Malda district in northwest Bengal, after attending a Congress party meeting. "My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters", he said.

In 2004, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi went on to serve as India's Chef-de-Mission to the Athens Olympics.

Dasmunsi first became the AIFF President in 1989, succeeding K Ziauddin, and held the position for 19 years.

He had been in a marathon coma after suffering a massive stroke and paralysis in October 2008.

At the time of the stroke that left him paralyzed, he was heading India's Information and Broadcasting Ministry under the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government.