India's Congress leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi dies

Dasmunsi was in a coma since 2008 when he had suffered

Veteran Congress leader and former information and broadcasting minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi breathed his last at Apollo Hospital in New Delhi at around 12.10 pm on Monday.

According to hospital sources, his family members including wife Deepa Dasmunsi and their son were at his bedside at that time.

A former Union Minister, Dasmunsi died at Apollo Hospital here. "My condolences to his family and associates", he added.

"Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi served the party & Government illustriously, in his career spanning five decades".

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Senior CPM leader and present Raiganj MP Md Salim said Dasmunsi build up Congress organisation in the state without issuing threats as witnessed in contemporary Bengal politics. "May his soul rest in peace". He was a parliamentarian who enjoyed cross-party goodwill and was Union parliamentary affairs minister when he suffered a massive stroke that left him paralysed in 2008. He was 72 years of age at the time of his death.

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

Dasmunsi represented the Raiganj (Lok Sabha constituency) in West Bengal, which was later represented by his Deepa. "He will be greatly remembered for his contributions, especially to Indian Football", @INCIndia, the official Twitter account of the Congress tweeted. He also served as the President of the All India Football Association for nearly 20 years.

"I just received the news of sad demise of former Union Minister, former West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee President and our beloved leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi", Chowdhury said in a letter. This is the same constituency where Deepa fights.

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