Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi passes away

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Veteran Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, who passed away on Monday at the age of 72, was one of the party's most popular leaders in West Bengal. "His family members including wife Deepa Dasmunsi and their son were at his bedside at that time", Apollo hospital authorities said.

The former MP and Information and Broadcasting Minister had suffered a stroke and a paralytic attack since the last nine years.

The name of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was included in the 90-member campaign committee for the West Bengal assembly elections in 2016.

Mr. Dasmunsi served as the president of the All India Football Federation for almost two deacdes.

Calling Dasmunsi a good human being, with a brilliant political mind, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, "the Congress party has lost a tall leader" AICC general secretary and former chief minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot tweeted, "he would be always missed".

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The stroke left Dasmunsi paralysed and unable to speak as blood supply to a part of his brain was cut off, causing irreversible damage. She said Dasmunsi served the party and government "illustriously".

Following his bright academic career, Das Munshi joined the Indian Youth Congress and soon graduated to earning a ticket to the Lok Sabha constituency in 1971.

Another former India captain Victor Amalraj said Indian football lost an able administrator in Dasmunshi. "He will be greatly remembered for his contributions, especially to Indian Football", @INCIndia, the official Twitter account of the Congress tweeted. My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters. However, when he suffered a major heart stroke in 2008, his wife Deepa Dasmunshi, represented the constituency in 2009.

Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was the Union Minister in 1985.

He was the cabinet minister in Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting during the first term of PM Manmohan Singh. "Otherwise, he could have done more in his political life", she added.